The Río de la Plata (or River Plate) is a 140 mile-wide estuary that separates Argentina and Uruguay. It's also the place of confluence for the diverse folk music styles Latin Grammy Award-winning Argentinian-Uruguayan collective Bajofondo began blending into their idiosyncratic Rioplantense ele ... More >>
A wise man once sang, "I don't wanna work, I just wanna bang on these drums all day." And lord almighty, do we relate. Especially when working consists of writing about other shmucks banging on drums all day. Lucky for us (and you, and most of the industrial world), the weekend is an officially sa ... More >>
Femi Kuti is a world-music master, a deep political thinker, and a true Nigerian patriot. Just like his famous late father, Fela, the fearsome legend who pioneered an entirely fresh fusion of complex African rhythms and electrified Western sounds, invented the term Afrobeat, embodied Black Power, d ... More >>
Where local, state, and federal funding of the arts falls short, non-profits like the Knight Foundation are there to step in and help creative folks fully realize their dreams and influence society. Yesterday, as part of the Knight Arts Challenge, the Knight Foundation divvied up $2.8 million to fu ... More >>
In 1980, Bob Marley traveled to Brazil on a scouting mission with Island Records' Chris Blackwell and the Wailers' Junior Marvin, in preparation of a world tour. A year later, he was dead. But even though Marley never got to play Rio or São Paulo, the reggae man's musical influence had a serious ... More >>
Oye, burnout! Did you know that 4/20 isn't just a day for getting stoned? It's also that time of year when millions of human beings all around the world light a plant on fire at the same time, fewer people get killed, and more food is cooked. Yes, the world is a much chiller place for 24 hours. C ... More >>
In 2012, the world is such a postmodern, postcolonial jungle that in order to make sense of anything you've got to be thinking globally. Global economies, global trends, global crises. And global music. The collapse of cultural segregation -- thank the Internet -- has created some curious crossb ... More >>
Dear Sandra Beasley,We read your story in The Washington Post yesterday, in which you describe your quest to find the "other" Miami during your residency at LegalArt, and it made us smile. Some of us are native Miamians, and were happy you enjoyed our hometown. The rest of us moved here from some ... More >>
The Breeders as seen by Dana Schutz.If you say you've never bought an album because it had a sweet cover, you'd be a giant, fake-cool liar. The saddest part of downloading music isn't just the demise of the music industry. It's that we no longer get to enjoy amazing cover art or oddly personal ... More >>
As 2011 comes to an end, we're getting all nostalgic about the great moments in Miami culture that took place over the past year. And we know we're not alone. So we've asked some of Miami's top artists, writers, film producers and other cultural geniuses about their favorite 2011 memories. La ... More >>
While there's reason to rage against the media saturation inherent to the internet (e.g. too many chill/witch/triangle clone bands uploading from their bedrooms), you've got to celebrate the World Wide Web for the incomparable access it grants to musical worlds previously impossible to connect ... More >>
The third Friday of the month is here. And if you don't what that means, it's Big Night In Little Haiti. Everybody raise your cannons and bayonets for liberté, égalité, fraternité.Tonight, world festival circuit rock star Bélo will fire up the city alongside Miami's own Lanzallamas Monofóni ... More >>
Photo by Sayre BermanAs the show review and slideshow clearly demonstrate, Manu Chao brought that fire to Klipsch Amphitheater on Saturday night. But while the Rhythm Foundation was busy doling out free box seats to official reviewer personnel, we were livin' clandestino and (not) sneaking into ... More >>
Photo by Sayre BermanSee the full 18-photo Manu Chao at Klipsch Amphitheater slideshow. Manu Chao La Ventura Tour Hosted by Rhythm Foundation Klipsch Ampitheatre at Bayfront Park September 9, 2011 Onstage, Manu Chao is the gift that keeps on giving. With four encores and boundless energy, ... More >>
Seun Kuti and Egypt '80 Presented by Rhythm Foundation Friday, July 29, 2011 Manuel Artime Theater, Miami On Friday night, Seun Kuti and Egypt '80 opened up a portal into a high, spiritual, Afro-dimension where time slowed to a near standstill as booties shook with ever-increasing rapidity. Thou ... More >>
Bomba Estereo's Simón Mejía and Liliana Saumet.Bomba Estereo With Spam Allstars, Los Rumberos de la 8, and Mr. Pauer Presented by Rhythm Foundation Grand Central Miami Thursday, April 14, 2011 Better Than: Letting Los Perros or any other late-night South Beach hot dog joint be your only taste ... More >>
The Heineken TransAtlantic fest gets banging with Bomba Estereo April 14.Who's ready for a few lukewarm pints of fine Dutch pilsner and three straight, solid weeks of worldly party music? Indeed, it's that time of the year again. It's the sweaty season. We're thirsty. And the fine folks over at ... More >>
Photo by Steve PykeHeavyweight of contemporary minimalism, Philip Glass.Philip Glass New World Center Thursday, March 17, 2011 Better Than: The last time you raptly sat through 85 consecutive minutes of a classical concert. Philip Glass, noted minimalist composer, performed Thursday night at th ... More >>
via pomegranatearts.comPhilip Glass is a heavyweight of contemporary minimalism. Alongside auteurs like Steve Reich and John Cage, Glass is, simply put, one of the biggest, boldest names in 20th century music. Much like the aforementioned peers-in-experimentation, his ouvre delicately (and del ... More >>
Photo by Natalie CurtisYann Tiersen's always eyeing his next idea.In 1983, French composer Yann Tiersen was a newborn post-punk convert on the cusp of adolescence. He had been studying classical violin for six years and he was finally fed up. So he destroyed his instrument, smashing it to bits. ... More >>
Photo by Natalie CurtisComposer Yann Tiersen.Most of your American friends don't know composer Yann Tiersen by name. But play a couple of ten-second clips from songs like the melancholy accordion-and-piano piece "La Dispute" or the waltz-y whirlwind lament "J'y Suis Jamais Allé" and your test ... More >>
I could praise Liset Alea's talent forever. But until you listen to this songbird for yourself (or better yet, hear her live), you won't really understand. This Cuban-born beauty has picked up a thing or two traversing the globe, from New York to Miami, Cuba to Costa Rica, and all over Europe. A ... More >>
via @loveonedoveOver here at Crossfade, when we're home alone, chained to our computers and wasting away from lack of food, booze, and human company, we like to live vicariously through Twitter. (It's also good for checking when to actually pay attention to some long, boring crap like the Grammys ... More >>
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Saturday night, 2:00 a.m. A club raftered with Colombians and Venezuelans, Argentines and Bolivians. There are Cubans too, primarily born in Florida. And there's also a smattering of Italians. Pepper the crowd with a fistful of Yanks and then stir.That's the stew. It could be La Paz; it could be ... More >>
The DJ behind WDNA's Café Brasil.
Ben ThackerAterciopelados performing at the North Beach Bandshell as part of the TransAtlantic Festival. Click here to view the full slide show.Heineken TransAtlantic Festival with Aterciopelados and CuruminFriday, April 16, 2009North Beach Bandshell, Miami BeachBetter than: Cafeteria breakfast.The ... More >>
Ben ThackerArturo Sandoval playing with Conjunto Progreso at the DWNTWN Concert Series. Click here to view the full slideshow.Conjunto Progreso w/ special guest Arturo SandovalFriday, April 10, 2009Tina Hills Pavilion at Bayfront Park, MiamiBetter Than: Badminton in Belarus.Friday night marked the e ... More >>
Ben ThackerChana performing at the Tina Hills Pavilion at Bayfront Park Friday night. Click here to view the full slideshow.DWNTWN Concert Series with Afrobeta and ChanaFriday, February 13, 2009Tina Hills Pavilion at Bayfront Park, MiamiBetter than: Ever.Psst...things are happening in Downtown Miami ... More >>
Bonde do Rolê mashes up favela beats for an international, with-it crowd.
A Swedish-Argentine folk rocker? It must be world beat.
"Rastafari is not just a tradition, it's a natural way of life"
Agape embraces a world beyond worldbeat
Urban poets capture city life
A strong Latin lineup plays the park
Something feels flat in the state of the art
Los Muñequitos de Matanzas show us what we've been missing for 50 years
A New Times guide to busting the county's Cuba law
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