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
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: email@example.com
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
#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
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!