You were born to the pulsing pound of your momma's heart going thump. And today, the beat of a drum still brings you new life. Now multiply that phenomenon by 22, and you've got the estrogenergetic force of Venus Rising, South Florida's premier all-female dance and drum group. After a standing ova ... More >>
Without Africa, there'd be no Miami bass. There'd be no rock 'n' roll or hip-hop or jazz or salsa. No Hendrix, Nas, Byrd, or Machito. In fact, almost every modern music genre can be traced back to that great continent across the Atlantic. And that's why, 16 years ago, Jose Elias threw the first Af ... More >>
If you're looking for the ultimate dinner with a view experience, it's time to take your life savings out of your piggy bank and book a trip to a less tamer part of the world.A pop-up restaurant is being planned as part of a fundraising climb on Tanzania's Mount Kilimanjaro.The temporary restaurant ... More >>
Turns out the Canadian city of Montreal is a real hotbed of forward-thinking electronic dance music. A few natives we've chatted with just this past year are Akufen, Footprintz and Blond:ish. And another luminary of that Northern city is producer and multi-intrumentalist Guillaume Coutu Dumont. I ... More >>
Tabou Combo's Yvan "Kapi" Andre.Tabou Combo has one of the most revered funk breakdowns in all of musicland. And between the voudou beats, big soul horns, salsa turns, merengue runs, and rockin' drums, this band is the most eclectic kompa crew in the world. The group started in 1968 under the na ... More >>
Will you be my valentine, Fabio?A really fun part of my job as New Times blogger is interviewing chefs and personalities in the food business. I've found that most people in this industry are witty and charming, so I was looking forward to my phone call with Top Chef All-Stars contestant and R ... More >>
Without question, Shakira is Colombia's hottest export since blow and plastic surgery. (Oddly, she doesn't indulge in either.) Now in the business of donning belly shirts and shaking her money maker, the blonde beauty has certainly come a long way from the quiet, dark-haired quasi-hippie on P ... More >>
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Every so often, Banana Republican daydreams of traveling the world with Miami-Dade County Commissioner Natacha Seijas, serenading her with the sweet sounds of the toot flute in Peru. I also fantasize about not spending a dime to visit Macchu Pichu and the like. I mean, while services are being wh ... More >>
Youssou N’Dour November 16, 2007 Gusman Theater Better Than: Being at S.O.B.’s in the Eighties The Review: If it makes sense that Youssou N’Dour kicked-off his current North American tour in the polyglot melting pot that is Miami, it makes even more sense that he did it at the behest of Miam ... More >>
Youssou NDour brings the sounds of Senegal
At MAC, "Snap Judgments" breaks from clichés
Amadou and Mariam use the exotic to comment on the universal
MAC has the reins on African cinema
"Soul Survivor" (Def Jam)
This year age triumphed over youth in world music
Cesaria Evora sings songs of love and longing, but her memories are full of something else
Eliades Ochoa is more fun than ever, but Small World misses the Congo
Senegalese old-timers Orchestra Baobab get better with age
Is Joe Arroyo losing it?
Eric Dolphy, Kaouding Cissoko
By day he manages the parking facilities at the airport. By night he's Jan Mapou, Miami's guardian of Haitian culture.
For some people, African millionaire Foutanga Dit Babani Sissoko was a dream come true. For others he was a nightmare.
Paris, Ghana, Senegal, Miami. Poet Felix Morisseau-Leroy spent half his life in exile, but his heart never left home.
Haiti tumbles. Haiti reels. Haiti tears itself apart. And Eduoard Duval-Carrie, one of Haiti's premier painters, chronicles the island's chaos on his canvases.