A week ago, Afrobeta debuted their new music video before a live crowd at Miami’s new late night lounge, Libertine. A day before the Magic City duo’s set, we visited their home and recording studio, stepping over the garden and narrowly avoiding amputation via their fearless nine-pound guard dog, Suki, to see for ourselves where the magic happened.
Smurphio and Cuci Amador — AKA Afrobeta — have a very short commute to their backyard recording studio. Inside, there are enough instruments to arm an orchestra: a baker’s dozen of keyboards and a six-pack of guitars sit patiently waiting to be played. The UltraNova synthesizer was a 2010 Christmas present from Cuci to Smurphio, but it's his new Roland synthesizers that make Smurphio shimmer with joy like a newborn mother.
Before Afrobeta, Smurphio played these instruments when he was backing Suénalo and Pitbull. Afrobeta brilliantly remixed Fleetwood Mac’s “Everywhere” here, and the duo recorded originals for their upcoming indie electro album, Dream About You, in this studio. The two also did interesting remixes of Family Guy and Looney Tunes theme music here. You can give those tracks a listen at the group's SoundCloud page.
Needless to say, Afrobeta marches to the beat of its own drum. The group is even distributing its newest album in a wonderfully creative way. “Our new album is a USB bracelet," says Smurphio. "It’s fashionable, and fans can wear it, and it’s rewritable, so after they download our music, they can put whatever they want on there and just wear it around town. CDs are dead."
Afrobeta recently released the music video for its latest single and title track of the new album, Dream About You.
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The song is part R&B and part electro, sexy and smooth. This will be the pair's fourth music video, and it was shot in their neighborhood and at Miami music venue Railroad Blues. The video stars their current neighbor and friend, a 91-year-old gal from across the street, who plays a future version of Cuci.
If you like what you see, you can pre-order Dream About You now on Afrobeta’s Bandcamp page. Act quick and you can even order one of the limited edition USB bracelets Afrobeta is offering to fans.
See them perform tomorrow at Wynwood Brewing Company's two-year anniversary block party alongside Patrick & the Swayzees, Dissever, Broken Tenure, and more.
Wynwood Brewing Two Year Anniversary Block Party. With Patrick & the Swayzees, Dissever, Afrobeta, Broken Tenure, DJs Ackdaddy, and Jayjohero. Saturday, August 15, 12 to 11 p.m. Wynwood Brewing Company, 565 NW 24th St., Miami; wynwoodbrewing.com. Admission is free. Ages 21 and up after 7 p.m.