#AfroTainoSpring2018 launches into existence on March 22, with the help of Gepe. Best described as the "new 'guru' of Chilean folk", Gepe has risen to popularity & music critics’ playlists particularly for his deft skill for combining the sensibilities of 1960s and 1970s Chilean folk (especially the music of Víctor Jara) with a minimalist, electropop sound. Join us for a beautiful evening at PhilaMOCA. Tickets are on sale now: www.philamoca.org. #Philadelphia
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
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.
A quick word from AfroTaino Partner, Rahsaan Lucas: Buenos Dias, folks. I’m getting it in, doing it on wax a couple Saturdays from today. It’s happening over at @brewerytownbeats - brought to everyone by the #vinyltap215 crew. I’ve only been a couple times, but it’s evident that it’s more than just DJs playing records. There’s a open, curious energy that has strangers becoming friends, conversations bubble & rise in laughter, and there’s a warm sense of relief wafting in the air, breathing in the mix of record bin dust & good conversation. This is the record store experience I grew up with. Those long hours of crate-diggings put in at stores like Armand’s (reading terminal market/filbert to chestnut days), Sound of Market, Funk-o-Mart, Third st Jazz, Rue’s...were gatherings that fostered a community where vinyl enthusiasts watched, listened, learned, shared with folks they’d never meet anywhere else. (Unless you hung out at the same clubs or parties, or took the same bus/train stations...) All that said, I look forward to playing a variety of songs I love. Come rock with me on Saturday March 3rd. Salud!
AfroTaino Productions & Johnny Brenda's proudly presents an incredible show lineup starring Afro-Colombian futurist band Combo Chimbita, Haitian dancehall-kompa-rock band Rockers Galore, and our very own beat rocker DJ Rahsaan. Combo Chimbita is hitting Philadelphia as part of their SXSW-focused national tour, and the diasporic vibes will be STRONG. Tickets are available and going fast, so get them while they last. #AfroTainoWinter2018
AfroTaino Productions presents NYC-based soulful pop & contemporary blues duo (and Egyptian-American twins) HEGAZY at the beautiful museum, The Barnes Foundation for a live concert. Their just-released debut EP, "Young" is receiving lots of positive attention from music critics & journalists, as is the first video, "Here To Stay", (a song that, the twins say, is dedicated to the "DREAMers"). Catch them live and listen to their powerful vocals & poignant songwriting with your own ears. Showtime starts at 6PM sharp. #AfroTainoWinter2018
On Saturday, February 24, the photo exhibition 'La Bel Kreoll En Fuego' (courtesy of photographer Eddie Einbender-Luks) is coming to a close at the North Philadelphia gallery & salon, A Seed On Diamond Gallery. Before it comes down from the walls, there will be a viewing party from 6pm-8pm, and then we send it off with a fiery Afro-Cuban rumba celebration, featuring some of the area's best musicians & dancers. Space is limited, so arrive early. Donations will be taken at the door. AfroTaino Productions is a proud promotional partner. #AfroTainoWinter2018
Hey Philly: The Venezuelan clubby funksters are back! Known for their tongue-in-cheek lyrics, and their 4-on-the-floor disco ball-ready energy, Los Amigos Invisibles want you to bring your dancing shoes, and your good friends who can get in the groove!. AfroTaino Productions is a proud promotional partner. Tickets are available now at www.thefillmorephilly.com/foundry, and they're going fast(!!), so act now. #AfroTainoWinter2018
Master percussionist Pablo Batista has performed, recorded and toured internationally for nearly 30 years with some of the biggest stars in rhythm and blues, jazz, Latin, pop, and gospel. Artists like Alicia Keys, Patti Labelle, Kirk Franklin, Jill Scott, Gerald Levert, Jeffrey Osborne, Phyllis Hyman, Teddy Pendergrass, Eddie Palmieri, are just some of the talented names for whom Batista has laid down his funky polyrhythms. His own projects have taken him across the globe, and have made him one of the most sought after percussionists alive today. Luckily, he is scheduled to perform for two back-to-back nights (two shows each night!) at South Kitchen & Jazz Parlor in Philadelphia, along with vocalist Nina Rodriguez. AfroTaino Productions is a proud promotional partner, and we encourage you to get your tickets ASAP! Showtimes at 7:00 and 9:00 PM. For tix and other info, go to www.southrestaurant.net. #AfroTainoWinter2018
Hey Philadelphia: You don't want to miss the upcoming solo exhibition 'TAMARINDO', by visual artist Chloe Piñero at Tyler School of Art. Her vibrant, eye-catching collages & paintings are creating lots of buzz in the art world. Piñero is quickly becoming a standout talent of the Puerto Rican diaspora. Don't take our word for it - See it with your own eyes. The opening reception is February 16, and AfroTaino Productions is a proud promotional partner.
The ethereal warmth of Helado Negro's crooning touches our emotions like a subconscious love letter. Using electronic experimental rhythms and guitar, his music is passionate, moody, and affects listeners like the moon's gravitational pull on an ocean tide. His previously-released single, "Young, Latin & Proud" became synonymous with 21st century resistance, with a helpful hand from a successful merchandising campaign. For scores of Latinxs, the t-shirt is a badge of honor. His live shows are unique and eye-catching, with slow-throbbing lightbulbs & tinsel monsters, and of course, Helado Negro's twilight-friendly melodies. Joining him on tour is the candy-coated party bump sound of Cuco, a newcomer to the touring circuit, but nonetheless a very popular, fast-rising vocalist whose sing-song rapping style strikes a happy chord amongst his younger bilingual audiences. Like a Mexican-American version of Kid Cudi, Cuco gets you raising your red cups in the air. But the secret sauce to the show is the special guest appearance of Toronto-based, Colombia-born indigenous DIY-digitalist & multidisciplinary artist & vocalist, Lido Pimienta. Her vocal delivery is somewhere between the wail of a rarely seen tropical rainforest goddess & a far-off matriarchal ancestral chant. With sparse, minimalist percussion & Afro-futurist rhythms, Lido is a game-changer in all forms of traditional concert experiences. She calls for all femmes to take space upfront (sometimes onstage with her), celebrates her brown skin & curves, and challenges Western misogynist traditions with every breath. AfroTaino Productions is very proud to co-present this show to the region. Tickets $13 + fees @ www.thefillmorephilly.com.
For all you salseros, get your dancing shoes & your dancing partners ready. We’re talking about #LatinNightattheLodge at Blue Cross RiverRink at #PennsLanding #Philly on Thursday January 18th! NONSTOP SALSA DANCING es la que hay! El Afro - DJ Rahsaan - will be holding down the soundtrack; Tropical/Cuban salsa dancers Michael and Leilani will be getting everyone in the groove, and the infamous Cuban maestro himself Arturo Stable brings his talented ensemble aka ‘su Tumbao’ to the main stage for all you salseros! Party starts at 10pm sharp, and discounted parking is available too!
Tickets are available now -https://riverrink.ticketfly.com/event/1617512
Discount parking available with online purchase!
Yo Brooklyn! We are coming for you this season. Please join us on Tuesday January 16 at one of my fave spots, C'mon Everybody, because you're invited to the AfroTaino Winter Bash. Live performances by Daniel de Jesus (alt-cello rock), De'anza (Cali-Mex blues-pop), Karikatura (NYC's sonic culture clashers - think Maroon 5 meets Radiohead meets Grupo Pesadilla), San Simon (Afro-Dominican jazzfunk), and People of Earth (next level salsa & tropical). Also, holding down the grooves on the turntables all night: DJ Christian Martir of Sociedad.Life & 'A Party Called Rosie Perez'. BONUS: Are you in the city attending APAP? Then show your conference badge at the door and receive 50% off your admission fee! Get your advance tickets now via www.cmoneverybody.com. Doors open at 8PM sharp. Let's get the year off to a festive start!
This Saturday January 13th in #Philly: don’t miss the US debut of Brazilian experimental dance-rock-jazz fusion band #OndaDeBelezaNatural and their mind-bending + ass-shaking grooves. They perform live at A Seed On Diamond Gallery ( located at 124 Diamond Street, across from Norris Square Park), and will be joined by keys-n-drums duo Trap Rabbit Music with special guests Agudos Clef! 50% discount with school ID! #AfroTainoWinter2018
We are rolling out our #AfroTainoWinter2018 programming season, and it has us very excited. We are thrilled to announce the 1st-ever Philly appearance (part of the debut US tour) of Rio de Janeiro-based post-tropicalia artist, Ava Rocha. Besides her multidisciplinary arts work (photographer, filmmaker), and the hereditary legacy (her father, Glauber Rocha, is regarded as a 'father of Brazilian Cinema Novo'), she's a dynamic music artist. You don't want to miss this show! Also performing: the alt-cello rock stylings of Daniel de Jesus, and the Cali-Mex blues-pop sound of De'Anza (also making her Philadelphia debut). Advance tickets are available now at www.thetroc.com. Add this to your calendar now.
Join us as we roll out the first shows of our #AfroTainoWinter2018 on a generous note. You're invited to a musical fundraiser for the PRIMA fund, with live musical performances from Puerto Rican indie Latin folk singer/songwriter Ani Cordero, and Philadelphia's own alt-baroque artist Daniel de Jesus. PRIMA - standing for Puerto Rico Independent Musicians Assistance - is an joint effort supported by a handful of artists, musicians, producers who are coming to the immediate aid of Puerto Rico's music base. Music is a key attraction of Puerto Rico's tourism, and it's not uncommon to see dozens of live bands playing inside the plazas, the cafes, the bars, and hotels in one night. But the damage of back-to-back hurricanes & a very slow-moving recovery plan (or lack thereof) has left the island's live music industry in very bad shape. These musicians cannot continue their careers as before, and many others need financial support just to make ends meet. PRIMA will award mini-grants to the applicants, but that support has to come from somewhere reliable. And that's where YOU - the music-loving patron - are needed. Please come to the show to enjoy the musical stylings of both acts, and be rest assured that you are directly helping those in need.
Doors open at 7PM.
Donation: $10 (minimum)
A Seed on Diamond Gallery
124 Diamond Street (across street from Norris Square Park)
Philadelphia PA 19122
We are proud co-presenters & supporters of 'Poets for Puerto Rico', a fundraiser event featuring some of the area's sharpest tongues & wittier wordsmiths, like Denice Frohman, Sham-e-Ali, Noel Quiñones, and more. Oh yeah: there will be coquito in the house too! Every bit counts in rebuilding the island nation.
Doors @ 2:30 PM
AfroTaino Productions presents Edna Vazquez Band
The fearless Mexican singer/songwriter/guitarist lands in Philadelphia to perform an intimate concert, up close & personal, for 1 NIGHT ONLY.
Wednesday November 8th, 2017
A Seed On Diamond Gallery
124 Diamond Street (next to Norris Square Park)
LATIN ROOTS LIVE PRESENTS LA TRIBU DE ABRANTE + COMBO CHIMBITA
BOTH ACTS MAKING THEIR PHILADELPHIA DEBUT!
Sunday, October 29 when dynamic 12-piece Puerto Rican orchestra La Tribu de Abrante performs at World Cafe Live in Philadelphia. Special guest opener will be Combo Chimbita. Doors will open at 7 PM, with showtime at 8 PM. Admission to the all-ages show is free via RSVP.
La Tribu de Abrante, led by singer, songwriter and chief arranger Hiram Abrante (who sang backup for Tego Calderón and other artists before forming his own group in 2007), melds traditional bomba and plena melodies with salsa, Latin jazz, funk, reggaeton and urban pop. Hiram’s brothers and son are part of the group, which gained a following playing in small clubs in San Juan before signing with White Lion Records, the Puerto Rican urban indie label whose roster has included Calderon, rapper Julio Voltio and Calle 13. La Tribu de Abrante was a best tropical artist category nominee, and its studio debut, Otro Formato de Musica, was nominated for tropical album of the year, in Billboard’s Latin Music Awards earlier this year. Expect a lively dance party punctuated by punchy chants, burning horns and layers of danceable rhythms at their Philadelphia show.
Opening for La Tribu de Abrante will be Combo Chimbita, a quartet of first-generation New Yorkers with Colombian roots that features the powerful vocals of Carolina Oliveros. After releasing two EPs, the group was recommended by Brooklyn magazine in June as “a NYC band you need to hear” and released its debut album, Abya Yala, on the Figure & Ground label. Combo Chimbita explores visual identity (three of the four members wear masks) and champions Tropical Futurism with their Afro-Colombian psychedelic sound as “the idea that the future doesn’t necessarily have to be this super white Western high-tech Star Wars stuff; that the indigenous ideas and culture of people of color, people of Latin America, can also represent a magical and substantial future.”
Sunday, October 29, 2017
Free Admission with RSVP : www.latinroots.org
World Cafe Live - 3025 Walnut Street - Philadelphia
Latin Roots Live! concert series is brought to you by WXPN in partnership with AfroTaino Productions, with the generous support of the William Penn Foundation.
On Wednesday, October 25th - APOYO PARA LA GENTE/SUPPORT FOR THE PEOPLE is happening at @worldcafelive #Philadelphia! This relief concert will donate 100% of all proceeds to a handful of organizations & funds that will directly support the natural disaster victims of Puerto Rico, Mexico, US Virgin Islands, Dominican Republic, Haiti, Cuba, & other Caribbean nations. Live performances by SLV, Agudos Clef, Los Bomberos de la calle, Andrea Rose + Arturo Stable, Daniel de Jesus, Julia Lopez, DJ DameLuz, Rockers Galore and Denice Frohman! Also a very special message from Alynda Segarra of Hurray for the Riff Raff. Tickets are available at worldcafelive.com. Let’s do what we can to provide as much support as possible. #weallwegot #AfroTainoAutumn2017
The acclaimed Tropical singer/songwriter makes his Philadelphia debut and performs an intimate show for 1 night only.
The album 'A La Mar' is the vibrant result of Vicente's three year journey through his homeland's geography, culture and many musical genres - bachata, reggae, pri-pri, gagá and more. Its lead single "Carmesi" broke into Spotify''s "Viral 50" chart in 6 countries around its release last year. The album, co-produced by Eduardo Cabra (Visitante Calle 13), has received 4 Latin GRAMMY nominations including "Album of the Year" and "Best New Artist." Additional nominations include "Best Singer-Songwriter Album" and "Best Tropical Song."
Vicente has already generated more than 150 million Youtube views with only two full-length albums in his catalog. He has toured the world with his mentor, the Dominican legend Juan Luis Guerra, as well as with Colombian icon Juanes. Next week, he will launch a U.S. northeast tour in support of Cafe Tacuba.
We are honored to join forces with Dominicans in the Delaware Valley as our Community Partner for this event.
Space is limited. Act fast.
Friday October 6th, 2017
Galleries at Moore College of Art and Design
20th Street & Benjamin Franklin Parkway (at Race Street)
Ready for what's next? Good! Then make sure to tell all your friends about FRIDAY, AUGUST 11th: the talented Colombian artist Gregorio Uribe performs live at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, and he's bring some funky vallenato & cuuuuuuuumbiaaa into our lives! The show is free with museum admission. Music starts at 5:30pm, and it's all ages. We will see you there! #AfroTainoSummer2017
And the #AfroTainoSummer2017 fun continues! Next weekend, we are proud to bring another #LatinRootsLive presentation to the people via @wxpnfm #XPNFest in Wiggins Park, Camden waterfront NJ (across the bridge from #Philly). On Saturday, July 29th at 1pm on the Harbor Stage, the one and only Xenia Rubino (pictured) performs. We are also looking forward to seeing later that night the homies Chicano Batma take the BB&T Pavilion, and the warrior sister Hurray for the Riff Raf performs on Sunday too. Although the last two aren't #LatinRootsLive sets, we still encourage you to check em out!
SAVE THE DATE: FRIDAY JULY 21 - @afrotainoprod + @aampmuseum present Betsayda Machado Y La Parranda El Clavo 'The Voice of Venezuela' - Live in Concert
Raised in the small village of El Clavo in the region of Barlovento, Machado's recent rural recordings with lifelong friends Parranda El Clavo brought new attention to Venezuelan Afro-Soul genre: 'Tambor'. A spirit-shaking percussion and voice fiesta, said to make dancers float. After their New York City debut in January 2017, New York Times' Jon Pareles called Betsayda and Parranda: "The kind of group that world-music fans have always been thrilled to discover: Vital, accomplished, local, unplugged, deeply rooted".
Toronto-based producer Juan Souki also shares: "If there's a God, it sounds like this woman!" This show is not to be missed. Be sure to purchase your tickets early as this show is guaranteed to sell out fast!
Please note that once all seats are sold, a 'standing room only' policy will take effect.
DOORS 7:30PM | SHOWTIME 8PM | TICKETS $25 | ALL AGES
This event is made possible with the support of the Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation' Southern Exposure Grant.
Get your tickets now
DAMAS Y CABALLEROS! We are proud to announce the return of #NUEVOFEST! A free, all-ages, outdoor concert showcasing artists who represent the new sounds of Latin America can be experienced on Sunday, July 16 when the WXPN Latin Roots Live! concert series presents NUEVOFEST 2017, featuring performances by eight outstanding Latin alternative artists, starting at 2 P.M. at @FringeArts in Philadelphia (doors open at 1 P.M.). NUEVOFEST is free and open to the public via advance RSVP at www.latinroots.org. This year, we are thrilled to announce that one of the incredible 8 acts is none other than #Venezuela's Grammy-winning dance/punk/alternative band, @lavidaboheme!
Now in its fifth year, NUEVOFEST is part of the WXPN Latin Roots Live! series of free concerts inspired by Latin Roots, the bi-weekly series heard on NPR’s World Cafe radio program (produced by Philadelphia public radio station WXPN) that explores and exposes the vast variety of music from Spanish and Portuguese-speaking countries. NUEVOFEST and the Latin Roots Live! free concert series are produced and presented by WXPN 88.5 FM in partnership with AfroTaino Productions, and made possible by the William Penn Foundation.
#NUEVOFEST2017 #AfroTainoSummer2017 #LatinRootsLive
Buyepongo means “to cause a ruckus,” and you’ll want to join in as soon as the band launches into its infectious and energetic rhythms. A riotous mash-up of influences fuses hip-hop, punk, funk, and jazz into a blend of styles from across the Latin American diaspora. #AfroTainoSummer2017
The Institute of Contemporary Art, The Philadelphia Latino Film Festival and AfroTaino Productions invite you to RESIST/RELEASE, a celebration of the arrival of the summer season as part of a ongoing Gather series.
As part of the ongoing Gather series at the Institute of Contemporary Art, AfroTaino Productions and the Philadelphia Latino Film Festival invite you to join in a celebration of the arrival of the summer season. This event, RESIST/RELEASE, will be a jam-packed evening of art, dance, film, music, and mucho sabor.
Harnessing the energy of the solstice, we come together to reflect on the histories of Afro-Diasporic resistance and survival throughout the Americas. With every song, every movement, and every story of resistance told, we will build new tomorrows by releasing joy.
RESIST/RELEASE will share stories through artistic expressions: Choreographer Leilani Chirino explores the struggle of the divine feminine via Afro-Cuban deity worship & modern dance. Polyrhythmic messages of Puerto Rican pride are sung and chanted by the folkloric group Los Bomberos de la Calle. A short documentary featuring Otura Roso Mun focuses on his journey from everyday African-American culture to a soulful rebirth in the Yoruba faith of Ifa. Bittersweet melodies of banned Afro-Mexican songs are sung and strummed by the jarana guitar-wielding ensemble Son Revoltura. Moko*Motion enhances self-awareness through the art of stilt-walking, embodying the Afro-Caribbean “jumbies” who will serve as the “spiritual guides” of the gathering. DJ/producer Rahsaan maintains the energy by seaming the performances together with musical selections central to the theme.
This celebratory gathering is for all audiences, but especially for aficionados of Afro-Caribbean folkloric arts and cultural studies, and for those familiar with the resilience of the Afro-Latino legacies born from the Trans-Atlantic slave trade.
This event is free and open to the public; register at www.icaphila.org.
FRIDAY JUNE 16 - #Philadelphia get ready for JUANITA CA$H! This raucous #NYC band takes the #JohnnyCash discography on a ride thru the world of #CUMBIA. Also performing: #RockersGalore! It's all happening at the @trocphilly balcony stage. Doors 8pm $12 tickets. Tickets go on sale soon! Stay tuned. #AfroTainoPrimavera #OnTheEdgeOfSummer
Friday June 9th - @karikaturanyc returns to #philadelphia! This #NYC-based band makes music that moves people around the world. Think equal parts cumbia, hip hop, reggae, klezmer, and merengue, with a dose of indie rock. It all manifests at @philamuseum 5PM! Tickets available now. #AfroTainoPrimavera #OnTheEdgeOfSummer
La Misa Negra is an 8-piece band from Oakland, California that plays a unique blend of 1950's and 60's style cumbia and high-energy, Afro-Colombian dance music. Powered by horn and accordion-driven riffs, a fierce rhythm section, and a vintage Colombian sound, La Misa Negra delivers an electrifying performance that explodes with infectious dance grooves and punk rock energy. Since their live debut in the fall of 2011, they have toured the US, playing shows and festivals with the likes of Red Hot Chili Peppers, Stevie Wonder, Florence and the Machine, Lenny Kravitz, Arcade Fire, Thievery Corporation, George Clinton, Julieta Venegas, Ozomatli, Lila Downs, Budos Band, Ana Tijoux, and Bomba Estereo. On the strength of their wild and one-of-a-kind shows, La Misa Negra has gained a reputation as one of the most exciting live bands to emerge from the Bay Area in recent years, garnering a diverse fan base that transcends musical, cultural, and generational divides. Philadelphia is in store for a scorching 2+ HOUR marathon set of heavy cumbia madness from this powerhouse band.
DOORS 7PM; MUSIC 8PM
Recipient of the 2015 Mexican Music Award for Best Contemporary Folk Band, Jarana Beat is a world music band incorporating dance and activism. The group blends the origins of Mexican music with contemporary elements and other musical traditions to offer a new interpretation of Afro-Amerindian Mexico. This program is part of Mexican Week in partnership with the Mexican Cultural Center and the Consulate of Mexico. Jarana Beat is coming fresh off the road from touring with Mexican vocal star Lila Downs, so you won’t want to miss out on this performance from this dynamic ensemble.
6PM – 9PM; $28; college students $10 (walk-up only); members free. Collection access included.
Reserve general admission or member tickets online at barnesfoundation.org or call 215.278.7200.
Good people of Earth: we are proud to present to you our next Latin Roots Live free concert. And it's a double header: ÌFÉ + M.A.K.U. Soundsystem on Monday April 24 at World Cafe Live. ÌFÉ (pictured here) is a bold new musical project from Puerto Rico-based African American drummer/producer/singer Otura Mun, who’s music is a powerfully progressive synthesis of electronic sound and Afro-Caribbean language. 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. - Again the concert is free admission, but only by registering online. Go to www.latinroots.org to reserve your ticket. Get them before the capacity fills to the max. But can we say it one more time?! For those in the back: @afrotainoprod + @wxpnfm = #LatinRootsLive proudly presents @_ife + @makusoundsystem live in concert. Thank you. #AfroTainoPrimavera
We are proud to present the #Philadelphia debut of the chart-topping#Venezuelan band @rawayana - performing live at @trocphilly balcony stage! Also performing: @kentylove! Tickets are available now -https://www.ticketfly.com/purchase/mobile/index/1442604?utm_medium=bks
#reggae #ska #tropicalmadness #AfroTainoPrimavera