Cuba is never far from Miami — physically, historically, emotionally, or culturally. But in some arenas, there has traditionally been an enforced distance, as politics often prevented musicians from the island from breaking through to American audiences.
That’s all changed in recent years, and the Global Cuba Fest in Miami Beach is the latest example.
This music showcase breaks from the clichéd offerings of salsa and rumba to bring more cutting-edge contemporary sounds. At the newly re-opened Deauville Hotel Jazz Club (6701 Collins Ave., Miami Beach), beginning this Friday night, three musicians who have been revitalizing the Cuban music scene by way of Spain will take the stage, creating a new fusion sound that combines some traditional Cuban rhythms with more modern lyrics and explorations. The show starts at 8 p.m.; admission costs $25.
Then, Saturday at 7 p.m. at the North Beach Bandshell (7275 Collins Ave., Miami Beach), saxophonist Yosvany Terry will be joined by his Afro-Cuban roots quintet, followed by percussionist Horacio Hernandez and his Italian-based troupe. Tickets cost $20.
Finally, the Creole Choir of Cuba, a unique group of Cuban-born, Haitian-bred singers infused with a hybrid Caribbean musical base, will perform at the band shell at 7 p.m.
Fri., March 15, 2013