Seven Completely Awesome Female-Fronted Miami Bands

Cuci Amador of Afrobeta sings onstage in Wynwood.
Cuci Amador of Afrobeta sings onstage in Wynwood.
Photo by Amadeus McCaskill

Men have had it pretty good for the last, oh, several thousand years. Ruling the world, waging war, oppressing anyone weaker and penis-less —  it must have been tiring work.

Well, good news, men. You can take a break. Your time at the top of everything from the corporate world to the artistic realm is reaching the end of its road, and there are millions and millions of women ready to step into your spot. 

It’s no secret that women have to work harder to make it in the music industry. Although things had evolved significantly since the ’60s, it’s still a rare sight to go to a show and see a majority of women onstage. If that is the case, it’s viewed as an attribute that makes the group or act peculiar.

Oh, that band has a girl drummer.

That’s the band with the cool girl bass player.

In this list we decided to honor some of Miami’s most talented, musical leading women, featuring female-fronted bands that stand out in our city for one reason or the other. We tried to cover different genres, from electro to metal. Here are just a few of our favorite women leading the charge in the Miami music scene. 

Afrobeta are Miami OGs.
Afrobeta are Miami OGs.
Photo Courtesy of Afrobeta

7. Afrobeta

If the name Afrobeta doesn’t ring any bells, you're probably new in town, or else you have been living under a rock for the last decade. The self-proclaimed “avant-dance” duo, formed by Cuci Amador and Tony Smurphio, has been representing Miami’s music around the world since 2006 and were Miami New Times' Reader’s Choice for Miami's Best Band this year. Cuci masterfully handles the role of leading woman, her charisma on- and offstage shining as brightly as her handmade outfits. Afrobeta will be launching a Kickstarter soon to help produce a documentary about the duo's first trip to Cuba, so keep your eyes peeled for that.

Basside films scenes for the music video "Rich Healthy Girls."
Basside films scenes for the music video "Rich Healthy Girls."
Photo Courtesy of the Artist

6. Basside

You can’t get more Miami than this. Basside is the project of Linda Attias and Carolina Villalba, two Miami girls rocking bikinis (and great abs) who are devoted to bringing back old school Miami bass and freestyle. With not even a sliver of shyness, the two girls satirize local stereotypes while never taking themselves too seriously. Using tons of neon and leopard print along with a punk attitude, Basside are modern storytellers of Miami’s decadence.

Inez Barlatier onstage at Churchill's.
Inez Barlatier onstage at Churchill's.
Photo by Karli Evans

5. Kazoots 

Kazoots is a three-piece band that beautifully combines jazz, rock, afro, and blues. The band — formed by Inez Barlatier, Jayan Bertrand, and Gabe Norwood — started as a continuation of Koleksyon Kazak, a 1980s Haitian voodoo-jazz ensemble in which Inez’s and Jayan’s parents used to play. All the members of Kazoots are Haitian-American Miami natives, and their music often speaks on issues of social justice with heavy cultural influences. Inez, the group's lead singer, is the pulse of Kazoots. Her voice is deep and enchanting. She stands still onstage and focuses on the music. Her singing style has been compared to Tracey Chapman, Adele, and Shakira all wrapped into one. 

Megan Morrison leads Dorothy's Surrender into battle.
Megan Morrison leads Dorothy's Surrender into battle.
Photo Courtesy of the Artist

4. Dorothy’s Surrender

Influenced by Lewis Carroll, Absinthe, and Rainbows, Dorothy’s Surrender brings the power of New York city’s raw rock 'n' roll to Miami. The band was born in late 2012 as a collaboration between singer and classically trained musician Megan Morrison and guitar player Ian Michael. Soon the group added bass player Arnaldo Buddah Zayas and drummer Saul David Ferrerosa to the team. But it's Megan that catches our eye. She has a gothic yet glamorous onstage presence combined with a rebellious attitude. The songs she sings are dark and edgy, the perfect soundtrack for a night of old-school debauchery and Jameson shots. Besides being the band's powerful lead singer, Megan is currently working on a solo project that leans towards pop and electronic music. Dorothy's Surrender will be releasing a new video for its song "Dirty Stayout" off its latest EP, Late Bloomer, on July 22 with a party at Kill Your Idol. 



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