What's the street value of Afrobeta's "pigeon mascot"?
Probably zilch. But that didn't stop some pathetic burglar from thieving Cuci Amador and Tony Smurphio's preciously plump and adorable columbidae charm from their car.
That's right ... Over the weekend, the band got robbed. And it wasn't just ... More >>
There are few locals that Miami electro-pop darlings Afrobeta haven't converted into undying fans during their years on the scene.
Of course, though, chanteuse Cuci Amador's sweet Latin freestyle vocals are decidedly feminine and dance-y. So any bro looking for a more aggro masculine sound should ... More >>
The week has ended. And as always, there's tons of solid live music goin' down.
For the first time in months, local indie outfit Plains and friends are crashing Churchill's Pub. Or if you'd rather "party," go meet quintessentially MIA dance-pop duo Afrobeta at The Stage.
Of course, that ain't it . ... More >>
See Sweatstock 2012's full lineup and set times.
Are you a total vinyl junkie afflicted by an excessive perspiration problem and an out-of-control obsession with the Miami music scene? Is your home a geodesic hut built from recycled record sleeves and used gym towels that also serves as a hostel fo ... More >>
Last night's premiere of Can U Feel It, the new 45-minute documentary tracing last year's Ultra Music Festival, served as a sort of coronation of both Ultra and dance music in general. For one thing, there was the red carpet. Even a decade or so ago, the thought of electronic producers and DJs wa ... More >>
To close out the year, Crossfade is picking its favorite albums by 305 artists. Check out the full list of Miami's Best Albums of 2011.
Under the Streets
(Do It Entertainment)
This album was five years in the making. In 2006, Tony Smurphio and Cuci Amador joined forces as Afrobeta to ... More >>
Did you spend your morning elbowing middle-aged women in the gut at Best Buy while fighting over the last XBox 360?
If you did, you are going to hell. You are not a good human being. You are a brainwashed byproduct of hyperconsumerism. Nevertheless, we hope Just Dance 3: Exclusive Katy Perry Ed ... More >>
Ugh, Black Friday. It's a nauseating, cross-country display of hyperconsumerism at its apex, retail's official kickoff to "the holiday season" and all it entails: generic Christmas songs, drastically reduced sale prices, parking-lot fender-benders, and never-ending checkout lines.
Whether you c ... More >>
Dance music's gonna blow up!
That's the kind of ecstatic chatter that's been endlessly parroted by pop commentators in 2011. However, this perception that electronic tuneage has been waiting idly on the sidelines just isn't true. Dance music crossed over a long time ago.
In case you hadn't not ... More >>
Saturday, July 31, 2011
Better Than: An electric pickle.
Afrobeta brought back the rave days, minus the creepy dilated pupils and begging to be blown up. The stage was decorated with old toys, cracked-out dolls, a trippy pigeon, and a token My Little Pony stari ... More >>
Photo by Daniel SannwaldFor five years, Cuci Amador and Tony Smurphio have been playing together as Afrobeta. These two are pros at getting crowds sweaty and riled up.
Right now, they're getting ready to kick off a summer tour with the Identity Festival by throwing one more party at the Electri ... More >>
2 Live Crew: Best local band of all time!Start the motherfucking countdown! The Rising is upon us!
Indeed, we're just days away from unleashing our big, fat Best of Miami 2011 issue upon the world. And to honor the occasion, we've decided to surf against the tide of time by rifling through our ... More >>
With Armin Van Buuren and Boys Noize blasting the grounds with unrelenting four-four, local act Afrobeta's early-evening set at the UMF Radio Stage provided some soothing audio balm. The mostly-local stage was practically hidden in a back corner of the park near the bay. But from the beginning, t ... More >>
Photo by Karla GarciaMan, the last time we hung out with local new wave-y freestyle faves Afrobeta was way back in June at Grand Central.
So after almost five months spent zigzagging between the recording studio and big-ticket gigs like Glastonbury, Burning Man, and Space Ibiza, this Saturday's ... More >>
In anticipation of the upcoming Best of Miami issue hitting newsstands June 17, here is a sneak peek at one category and its winner.Photo by Karla GarciaAfrobeta performing live at Ultra Music Festival 2010.Afrobetaafrobeta.comIn a splintered local musical climate, Day-Glo duo Afrobeta is beloved ... More >>
We probably promised a few posts back that we wouldn't talk about Winter Music Conference or Ultra Music Festival anymore, but we just stumbled across this great video of Afrobeta performing live at last month's festival. The duo got an awesome late-evening slot on the Bayfront Live Stage, which sou ... More >>
If you're not onto Afrobeta by now, this must be your first time here (and if it is, allow me to welcome you and thank you for the time you'll spend perusing). Because here at Crossfade, we're not exactly reserved in our appreciation for the Miami duo of Cuci Amador and Tony Smurphio. Nor should ... More >>
What's shakin' party people? If you're planning on heading to Transit this weekend, the answer to that question is a simple one: your asses. Because that's what happens without fail whenever one of Miami's local favorites, Suenalo!, takes the stage for their frequent appearances around the city. ... More >>
Afrobeta opened the night's festivities.Respectable Street's 22nd AnniversaryClematis Street, West Palm BeachSaturday, August 22, 2009Better Than: The 21 previous Respectable Street anniversary parties (probably)The Review: It's been 22 years since Rodney Mayo bought an old Salvation Army s ... More >>
Nabedi Osorio (left) and Steph Taylor of The State OfSno Cones, The State Of, AfrobetaFriday, July 17, 2009Propaganda, Lake Worth
Better Than: The metal show I saw later Friday night at the Poorhouse.
XX-chromosomes and some serious musical variety ruled the night Fri ... More >>
Everything's cyclical. It's the reason for a resurgence of skinny jeans and Keds -- the 1980s were due for a comeback that started early in the New Millennium and steadily gained steam. And that trend wasn't lost on Latin rock groups. Outfits like Belanova, The Pinker Tones, and Babasonicos beg ... More >>