HEY #PHILLY! SAVE THE DATE - MARCH 29 - Referred to as the “James Brown of Cuba,” CIMAFUNK has been turning Cuba upside down with a powerful movement of Cuban Rhythms and Funk, winning Artist of the Year (Vistar) and Most Popular Video of the Year (Lucas Awards), appearing on the cover of every major cultural magazine, and headlining all major Cuban cultural events. Most recently named by Billboard as “Top 10 Latin Artist to Watch in 2019”, he will make his US debut in March 2019 at NPR’s Alt.Latino showcase at the SXSW Festival in Austin, TX....and guess where he’s coming next? That’s right, the City of Brotherly Love, Philadelphia. Tickets going on sale Friday 3/1 at 12 noon EST. Also performing: Brooklyn/Colombia’s own Dilemastronauta!(if Cimafunk is Cuba’s James Brown, then Dilemastronauta is Colombia’s Sun Ra!) #AfroTaino2019
ÌFÉ returns to Philadelphia for an incredible night of music presented by AfroTaino Productions and the African American Museum in Philadelphia. This concert is hosted as part of the museum’s 2019 program, PhilAesthetic: AAMP Celebrates the African Diaspora in Philly, funded by PNC Arts Alive.
A powerfully progressive synthesis of electronic sound and Afro-Caribbean language, ÌFÉ is a bold new musical project from Puerto Rico based African American drummer/producer/singer Otura Mun. Mun, an Ifá priest or Babalawo in the Yoruba religion, has been a vanguard artist in the Puerto Rican music scene since his arrival there in the late 1990's, producing critically acclaimed albums and songs for many of the islands most important musical voices. #PhilAesthetic2019 #AfroTaino2019
Doors open at 7:30 p.m. and the show begins at 8 p.m.
YO #PHILLY! SAVE THE DATE - February 28, 2019 - We kick off our new programming season with the tropical hot #champeta band, Tribu Baharu! The sound of a true Afro-Colombian verbena will boom loud thru the MilkBoy sound system. Also featuring DJ @modrums9 (of the Terapia y Verbena/Zona Libre parties in NYC). Let’s sweat it out! #AfroTaino2019
Tickets available now
Doors @ 7:00 PM
Show @ 8:00 PM
SAVE THE DATE : THURSDAY DECEMBER 27 - the inimitable Grammy-winning percussionist/composer Pablo Batista returns to SOUTH with his Unscripted #LatinJazz Concert Series for a very special Afro-Latino holiday celebration, bringing with him the incredible vocalist Nina Rodriguez! Having worked with various musicians & producers like “Little” Louie Vega, her voice is like no other! Tickets are available now for both sets (7pm & 9pm). Go to www.southrestaurant.net to reserve your spot! #AfroTainoWinterVibes — with Pablo Batista and SOUTH.
SATURDAY- December 8th - Join us for a cultural exchange & conversation at The Underground Railroad Museum of Burlington County, NJ. We will be celebrating the island nation of Puerto Rico & its legacy as part of the African Diaspora with discussion, food, music, and fun for the whole family. And it’s 100% free. Check the flyer for info. See you there! #afrotainofunforfall2018
SAVE THE DATE: THURSDAY, OCTOBER 11 - AfroTaino Productions in partnership with The Galleries at Moore present the #Philadelphia debut of STEFA! Her unique sound is rooted in poly cultural harmonies & alternative-meets-indigenous chants & rhythms. Also featuring opening DJ set by São Paulo native Eduardo Brechó. Brechó is a singer, producer and songwriter, as well as director and founder of the band Aláfia, & one of the main musicians of the afrobrazilian contemporary Funk and MPB scene in São Paulo. Tickets available soon atwww.afrotaino.com. #afrotainofunforfall2018
SAVE THE DATE: THURSDAY, OCTOBER 11 - we are in full support of the ongoing Pablo Batista Latin Jazz Series happening at SOUTH. The next one will feature the incredible Conrad Herwig playing alongside multiple Grammy winning percussionist Pablo Batista & his band. Tickets available now! #afrotainofunforfall2018
SAVE THE DATE: SATURDAY, OCTOBER 6TH - our #AfroTainoFunForFall2018 season is just pulling out into deep waters, so we invite you all to join us for a special screening of ‘Jurakán: Nación en Resistencia’, the eye-opening documentary about the struggles of Puerto Rico, the Caribbean island nation that “refuses to disappear.” Brought to you in partnership with Taller Puertorriqueño and the Philadelphia Latino Film Festival, Jurakán won Best Documentary at the Rincón Film Festival, and will screen at Taller Puertorriqueño. There will be a Q&A after the film with the creators. Don’t miss it!
SAVE THE DATE: September 22, 2018: after clearly more than a decade, the eponymous, groundbreaking Mexican band Café Tacvb is making their way back to #philadelphia as part of an incredible national tour, and the city may never be the same. Tickets go on sale today at 10am. Get yours before they are gone! This show will be galactic on so many levels. Also featuring special guest The María & also our very own DJ Rahsaan, who will be spinning tracks from out of this world. Y’all have been warned. Don’t miss it. See you at the The Fillmore Philadelphi in September. #maythe4thbewithyou
A First Friday Experience with performances by Leilani Chirino + Omi Itunu, Batala Philadelphia and Carolina Camacho
SAVE THE DATE - FRIDAY SEPTEMBER 7 - Join us for an amazing night of art, dance, and music, or what we’d rather call A First Friday Experience. We are taking over The Galleries at Moore (20th and Race streets, right on the Parkway, next to the Franklin Institute) for the evening and bringing some very talented friends with us! There will be live Afro-Cuban modern movement & percussion performed by Leilani Chirino + Omi Itunu; Brazilian drumline rhythms from Batalá Philadelphia; and the #Philly musical debut of Dominican Republic’s own Carolina Camacho! Get your tickets now!
This is our #afrotainosummer2018 finale event....so you already know!
Advance tix $10 / Door $14
SAVE THE DATE: AUGUST 28 - AfroTaino Productions + PhilaMOCA present Latin Grammy nominated fronterizo dream pop band - The Chamanas - live in concert. Tickets on sale now! Act fast before they’re gone. #afrotainosummer2018
Doors 8:00 / Show 8:30 / $12 adv / $15 day-of
The Chamanas, nominated for a Latin Grammy in 2016, are an Indie pop fusion ensemble whom utilize a unique combination of various styles and genres ranging from traditional Mexican folklore, pop, Brazilian Bossa Nova, Indie, Danzón, among other obscure and synthetic sounds. The Chamanas will release their new album NEA II (pronounced: NĀ-uh (2)) July 20th. This is The Chamanas first english album which will be supported by a nationwide tour complimented with a public relations campaign provided by The Syndicate and will receive tour sponsorship and marketing support from the global Mexican soda company, Jarritos.
Lady HD is a bicoastal Psych-Funk duo formed in 2015. The band is a collaboration between songwriter/multi-instrumentalist Ciaran Wall and producer/drummer Dusty Moon. The two met in Los Angeles, both playing for the group Lemmo. When Lemmo disbanded, Ciaran returned to Philadelphia and Dusty stayed in LA. Their collaboration continued virtually, with Ciaran writing the songs and then sending on to Dusty for production. Drawing from the distinct influence of growing up in a Peruvian household, Ciaran conjures up words and sounds inspired by his unique upbringing. Dusty, son of American composer Guy Moon (Cartoon Network, Nickelodeon), uses his knowledge accrued from growing up in a studio to mix/produce the tracks and add a rhythmic backbone.
SAVE THE DATE: THURSDAY AUGUST 23rd - AfroTaino Productions & present Balún + Mons Vi + Grandchildren (duo) - live in concert. The Puerto Rico/Brooklyn-based classically-trained indie act brings their ‘dreambow’ (shoegazer dream pop meets reggaeton/dembow) sound back to #Philly! #afrotainosummer2018
Balún self-identify as transnational. The quartet that broke out of the San Juan indie scene a decade ago has since undergone a formational odyssey through the industry, academia, and the stateside Puerto Rican experience. Balún's long awaited sophomore album Prisma Tropical focuses an incredibly wide field of genres and influences into a revelatory sound that evokes both of the band's homes and the distance between them.
Based in Brooklyn by way of Miami, Mons Vi combines an electronic-influenced, lo-fi aesthetic with incisive lyrics – thriving in emotionally-charged territory rarely ventured to in the world of indie pop. In late 2015, Matthew Hershoff recorded “Stay,” in his Brooklyn bedroom after hearing it in a dream. He then asked Adrianne Gonzalez, his friend and fellow Miami-transplant, to sing on the track with him, and Mons Vi was born. Joined by Michael Cohen on drums and Alex Faron on bass, Mons Vi is a group of childhood friends making music for the digital age.
Grandchildren(duo) is a band from Philadelphia whose multi-instrumentalist members trade performance roles often. Aleks Martray, Russell Brodie, Roman Salcic, John Vogel, Tristan Palazzolo, Adam Katz.
Tickets available now at PhilaMOCA.org!
Doors 8:00 / Show 8:30 / $12 adv / $14 day-of
We are thrilled to present this incredible event & lineup. That's right, it's another music festival (!!) Join us for the BRASIL SUMMERFEST PHL starring a handful of Brazil's fiercest indie acts: Ava Rocha, Xênia França, Negro Leo, and DJ Eduardo Brechó. It's all happening at World Cafe Live (3025 Walnut Street), and doors open at 7PM. Tickets are only $20! Get yours now before they sell out! #AfroTainoSummer2018
Saturday night is all right! HIGH LIFE resident DJ Lil' Dave has invited AfroTaino's own DJ Rahsaan to join him on the decks at his party, for what promises to be a dancefloor throwdown. It's going down at Club Mousai (at 1227 Walnut Street), and the sounds will venture from deep house to afrobeat to dance classics and more. Issaworkout! Doors 10pm, $5 cover, 21 and over. Come through! #AfroTainoSummer2018
When you're done with jumping to the pulsing beats of MAKU Soundsystem at #XPNFest, head on over to World Cafe Live (Philly) to dance the night away to the retro sounds of AFRODISCO! Music starts at 8pm and it's only $5 to jam. As mentioned by VisitPhilly, who deemed it as a 'must do' event!
World Cafe is located at 3025 Walnut Street. #AfroTainoSummer2018
The Afro-Colombian funk rhythms of MAKU Soundsystem will soar through the air at the XPNFest (at the Marina stage, in Wiggins Park, Camden, NJ)! Show time is 5:30pm and you cannot miss this Latin Roots Live performance. Go to www.xpn.org for multi-day packages & ticket prices. Don't forget to cop the band's new album, "5 Fuegos"! #LatinRootsLive #AfroTainoSummer2018
RSVP NOW - your free #NUEVOFEST2018 tickets are waiting for you! Go to latinroots.org to register for this incredible concert event. Live performances byDELAPORTE , Orquesta Akokan, Elena y Los Fulanos, Femina-X , ÌFÉ ,Dos Santos and Very Be Careful! See you on July 15 Sunday at World Cafe Live! #AfroTainoSummer2018
SAVE THE DATE: THURSDAY JULY 12 —-> the #AfroTainoSummerBash returns to #Brooklyn! It’s during #LAMC week too - so we will have some illustrious musical guests in the house: Riccie Oriach Vivanativa Dilema Stronauta Femina-Xand our DJ for the night Precolumbian. And who knows who else may show up? 😉 (if you attended last year’s bash, then you know the deal...). Also, show your #LAMC2018 badge at the door and get half-priced admission! See you at C'mon Everybody! #AfroTainoSummer2018
Hispanic Fiesta returns with Domino Saints, Gregorio Uribe, Yasser Tejeda & Palotré , La Tribu de Abrante and more!!!
JULY 7 & 8 - HISPANIC FIESTA is back at Penn’s Landing Waterfront! Live performances on the Great Plaza mainstage on Saturday by Domino Saints +Gregorio Uribe + Yasser Tejeda & Palotré- and on Sunday La TRIBU De Abrante ! Also special appearances by Los Bomberos de la Calle and many more! Circus acrobats & clowns & more in the Kids’ Area! Lots of Latin American foods & clothing/jewelry/artwork vendors & VIP tents too! Expecting over 15k attendees over the weekend, and it’s a free, all-ages affair! Both days 2pm - 8pm! Brought to you by El Concilio, media partners Telemundo 62 and programming partners AfroTaino Productions. #AfroTainoSummer2018
SATURDAY JUNE 16 - Karikatura brings their #GhostLight tour to #Philly! Here are 2 chances to experience them! First, the band will perform live at the Frankford Pause Park, the eye-catching pop-up park located at the corner of Frankford Avenue & Paul Street. This unique, lush yet sleek space not only has a stage and an impressive garden, but it also has interactive environment that integrates light & sound into its design. The block party runs from 2-6pm, with food trucks on site, along with lots of family fun stuff. And of course, there’s plenty of space to dance! Karikatura will bring their poly-cultural funk sound to get the people dancing under the sun. Also performing is DJ Diamond Kutz. Then later that day, from 5pm-7pm, the band heads over to Brewerytown Beats (2710 W. Girard Ave) for an in-store appearance + DJ set by the band’s drummer/vocalist, modrums. Come by the shop and get your signed copy of “Ghost Light” on vinyl! #AfroTainoSummer2018
THIS THURSDAY - July 14th - AfroTaino Productions partner/DJ Rahsaan joins DAME LUZ as a special guest for her tropical bass/Reggaeton/baile funk party#BUMBUMTRATRA at The Dolphin Tavern! They gon’ be WILDIN’ up in dis jawn. (Philly lingo for ‘it’s going to be fun!’) Don’t miss it.#AfroTainoSummer2018
MAY 18 - Hey #Philly! We are back with another show, this time at the The Foundry at the Fillmore Philadelphia with Bokanté! Bokanté is the new music project founded by @snarkypuppy founder Michael League, and is best described (and self-described) as a “weird combination of West African music, Delta blues, and Led Zeppelin (with lyrics in Creole and French)”. This is a whole new level of funkiness! Get your tickets now. #AfroTainoSpring2018
SATURDAY MAY 12th - #Univestival is celebrating the reopening of Spruce Street Harbor Park May 11-13, and AfroTaino Productions partner El Afro aka DJ Rahsaan will be rocking a funky set on Saturday May 12th from 3pm-5pm. It’s an all-ages, family-friendly affair, with food bites provided by Jose Garces, live music featuring esteemed bands & musicians (I see you @onlyernest!!), and so much more. So, come one, come all! Cuz the Penn’s Landing waterfront is gonna be rockin’! Oh, and it’s FREE! #AfroTainoSpring2018
THIS JUST IN! SAVE THE DATE: MAY 11, 2018 - we are proud to announce that we are teaming up with the very talented Redobles de Cultura for a full-day of Puerto Rican Bomba, featuring beginner & intermediate drum & dance workshops, and a bombazo to close out the festivities. It’s all going down at A Seed on Diamond Gallery(124 Diamond St., next to Norris Square Park).
Presented by AfroTaino Productions and hosted by Betsy Casanas' A Seed on Diamond Gallery, we kick off the Mother's Day weekend with an evening of learning, building and jamming through Afro-Boricua expression, La Bomba. Join Nicky Laboy CajaDura, Nelson Matthew Gonzalez, Julia Gutierrez-Rivera for:
5pm-6pm: Drumming/percussion workshop
6:30 - 8pm: Dance workshop
8:30pm - 11pm: Bombazo/Noche de Bomba
Take one workshop, take both or stop by for the Bombazo, there'll be something for everyone.
$15 per workshop
$25 for both workshops
$10 for Bombazo
About the Workshops:
**DRUMS - this will be a technique and rhythm focused drumming/percussion class on Bomba. Drums are not supplied...please bring your own instruments (plus this way, you can use it for the Bombazo!)
** DANCE - open level dance class, appropriate for men and women. Ladies, if you have, bring your skirts!
Spaces are limited for workshops, so we encourage you to RSVP ASAP.
To RSVP and for more info please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
THURSDAY MAY 10th - @afrotainoprod & PhilaMOCA proudly present - live in concert - Y LA BAMBA + SLV! Born in San Francisco as a first generation daughter of immigrant parents from Michoacan Mexico, Y La Bamba frontwoman Luz Elena Mendoza spent her childhood raised by the melodies and stories that were being told through traditional Mexican folk songs. As a musical artist, Mendoza finds the intricate space between creation and growth to keep her poetic expression emotionally raw and ever evolving. — Chicana chanteuse, Sandra Lilia Velasquez (SLV), sings soulful protest songs in English and Spanish that blend pop, electronic world beat, and sultry downtempo grooves. Her journey in music began as the founder and lead vocalist of the Latin band Pistolera, which toured internationally at festivals such as The Montreal Jazz Festival (Canada) Central Park Summerstage (USA), Sfinks (Belgium), and Ollin Kan (Mexico). They performed the NPR Tiny Desk Concert and had their music featured on Breaking Bad, Sons of Anarchy, and more. She initiated the next chapter of her artistic growth under her initials with an EP produced by heavyweight bassist Meshell Ndegeocello who also co-wrote one song and played bass on the recording. SLV's new album, PIECE OF MIND, is a sharp lyrical reflection on the current state of affairs that for the first time ever has her rapping. Also performing: Stelth Ulvang of The Lumineers. Doors are 8pm, showtime 8:30pm. Advance tickets are $12 ($14 at door) & are now available via PhilaMOCA.org. #AfroTainoSpring2018
Hey #Philly! We will see you again on THIS FRIDAY May 4th, 8pm-midnight! Havana Nights is the free, monthly get-down for Cuban salsa aficionados. First, Conjunto Philadelphi plays a monster set, and then El Afro aka DJ Rahsaan- will be on hand to spin some tropical goodies to keep the energy flowing. See you at World Cafe Liv! #AfroTainoSpring2018
THIS WEEKEND: SOUTH celebrates Cinco de Mayo for three spell-binding days with Pablo Batista Latin Jazz Ensemble. Batista and his phenomenal band will be joined by Grammy winner, flautist Nestor Torres on May 3, 4 and 5. The event combines these two dynamic and versatile musicians who have collaborated with some of the biggest names in music: Nestor Torres, who has played with Gloria Estefan, Dave Mathews, Herbie Hancock and Tito Puente; and Pablo Batista, percussion master who has played with Eddie Palmieri, Dianne Reeves, Grover Washington, Jr. and Alicia Keys. The event is the second installment of Pablo Batista’s Latin Jazz Series under the Unscripted Jazz Series banner. This Cinco de Mayo at SOUTH will be a celebration to remember - don’t miss it! Showtimes 7pm and 9pm. #AfroTainoApproved
HEY #PHILADELPHIA! We are truly proud to announce a new addition to the #AfroTainoSpring2018 programming season! Get your calendars ready because this one is gonna be amazing. Make way for ¡BIENVENIDOS BLANCOS! or WELCOME WHITE PEOPLE! A new, original play by Alex Torra & Team Sunshine Performance Corporation, and it’s all happening at Fringearts, starting April 18! Cuban and American history converge in this original play exploring cultural exploitation, race, embargoes, conquistadores, and the relationship between two countries that are really, really close together.
Led by Cuban-American director Alex Torra, and created by an International Cast including real Cubans from actual Cuba, imported legally via airplane. Performed in Spanish with English supertitles. Also, what’s an all-Cuban theatrical experience without a RUMBA?!
AfroTaino Productions has gathered a powerhouse ensemble of Afro-Cuban Rumba performers - the one and only TIMBALONA - to be the opening act of each performance of ¡BIENVENIDOS BLANCOS! or WELCOME WHITE PEOPLE! Timbalona’s performers are recognized and highly respected within the Rumba circuit spanning from NYC to Miami to Cuba. Rumba is an Afro-Cuban percussive style of music and dance with an emphasis on community participation.
March 30th, 2018: AfroTaino Productions in partnership with AAMP proudly present the return of Betsayda Machado y La Parranda El Clavo.
Betsayda Machado is the voice of Venezuela. Raised in the small village of El Clavo in the region of Barlovento, her recent rural recordings with lifelong friends, Parranda El Clavo, brought new attention to the Venezuelan Afro-Soul genre called ‘Tambor’. A spirit-shaking percussion and voice fiesta, said to make dancers float.
After her sold-out performance at the African American Museum in Philadelphia in 2017, she returns to The City of Brotherly Love once again. Uplifting and powerful, this is a phenomenal show that should not be missed.
SAVE THE DATE: SATURDAY MARCH 24th - AfroTaino Productions presents AFRODISCO: future-retro selections of dance music from the Diaspora - music by El Afro aka DJ Rahsaan. The needle hits the record at 8pm. Only $5 to get down. 18 to enter/21 to drink. Get your tickets in advance & secure your spot on the floor. Link in profile. Kitchen is open too! See you at @worldcafelive #Philly. #AfroTainoSpring2018