PHILLY - y’all ready to dance? And I mean, like, dance until you’re a sweaty mess of a person...? If so, get your tickets now for a hella-bailable show with the Bay Area masters of Colombian cumbia, La Misa Negra. It’s gonna be crazy over at World Cafe Live. Expect a mega-extended set, so bring ya comfy shoes! #afrotainosummer2019
PHILLY - LOS DISCOS APOCALYPTICOS - back by popular demand! A night of exotica funk, lowrider soul, and tropical psych beats channeled thru 33 & 45 rpms. NO COVER. (Cross country shoutout to my brother-in-wax Waffles Hidalgo!) See you at The International Bar! #afrotainosummer2019
WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 4TH - the one and only PJ Sin Suela performs in #Philadelphia at MilkBoyas part of his 1st headlining tour! Tickets on sale Now! Also featuring Josue Lora. This will be a BIG NIGHT for Latino Hip-Hop! Only 100 limited advance tickets available, so act fast! —- We will be closing out the summer with lots of 🔥🔥🔥, so stay tuned!#afrotainosummer2019
Doors @ 8:00 PM
Show @ 8:30 PM
On sale now - September 7 - GRUPO INTOCABLE - en vivo en Philadelphia for the very first time. The groundbreaking, Grammy-winning band has consistently raised the bar for the Norteño/Tejano music scene since their start in the 90’s. Their fans love them, and they love them back; that’s probably why they’re embarking on a ‘small venue’ tour (even though they sell out arenas!) With such an opportunity to experience the show so intimately, you can’t miss it. It’s happening at the TLA on South Street. Tickets available at Ticketmaster.com. #AfroTaino2019
AfroTaino presents Bongo District- performing live The Oval , on the HEAR Block of the Parkway (in front of the Rodin Museum). The origins of the Bongo District date back to 2016, when Dros (Guitar / Vocals) arrived to North America to pursue new challenges in his already extensive musical career through out Central and South America (Adhesivo, Los Furios, etc). Teaming up with his now-bandmates to perform throughout D.C.’s vibrant downtown music scene, the band had developed its own personal style of reggae funk, ska, and Latin music; and the Bongo District was born. They recently closed out a mini-tour supporting Latin Grammy winners/legendary Venezuelan ska band @desordenpublico, and definitely left their mark on the audiences. There will be LOTS of energy for this show, so bring your friends and get ready to skank, pogo, rockaway, jump & prance under Philly’s summer sky. #afrotainosummer2019
Red Baraat and Woldtown Soundsystem Tix on sale now!! - Red Baraat is a pioneering 8-member band known for merging hard driving North Indian Bhangra rhythms with elements of jazz, go-go, brass funk, and hiphop. Worldtown Soundsystem is a high energy 8 piece live house music outfit that unites dancefloors with influences of soul, techno, afrobeat, Latin, and classic funk. This is going to be a PAAAARRRTTTYYYYY — bring ya dancing shoes, a towel to wipe ya sweat, and maybe an extra shirt to be safe! Oh, and good vibes only! See you at The Ardmore Music Hall. #afrotainosummer2019
7:00 PM Seated Doors
7:30 PM GA Doors
8:00 PM Show
21+ ( Minors must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian)
AfroTaino & PHLAFF present The Diaspora Drum Exchange as part of the Performances in Public Spaces Series
The Diaspora Drum Exchange is an exciting rhythmic exploration of the folkloric musical genres of the Afro-Caribbean Spanish language nations. Through the use of various percussion styles, such as plena and bomba, and hand-crafted instruments, with call-and-response singing & dance as language, this gathering will interweave the stories of culturaltraditions and celebrations. Curated by Philadelphia-based cultural producers AfroTaino, the event will spotlight two Afro-Puerto Rican groups, Los Bomberos de La Calle and Redobles de Cultura. Watch & listen as the musical dialogue builds: The 'conversation' that flows between them becomes an impulse for the community to congregate & celebrate to this festive soundtrack. In collaboration with the Philadelphia Latino Film Festival, hand-selected shorts and clips of powerful movie moments in Latino cinema will bring much visual delight as the dusk settles.
This event is presented by the City's Office of Arts, Culture and the Creative Economy as part of Performances in Public Spaces, a summer series of FREE cultural performances in parks and plazas across Philadelphia neighborhoods. From May through October, the annual series presents arts and culture experiences in local outdoor spaces. #afrotainosummer2019
Fairhill Square Park, 400 W Lehigh Ave, Philadelphia, PA
Rain Date - August 7, 2019
#NUEVOFEST IS BACK! Sunday July 14th - 1 MONTH AWAY! Get ready#Philly! Because a bevy of indie Latin music stars & bands will descend upon the City of Brotherly Love for an all-day celebration of the new sounds of Latinoamerica. Brought to you by @afrotainoprod + @wxpnfm with loving support from @visitphilly .... it’s all going down at @worldcafelive. Live performances from The Beachers, Kevin Johansen, Lady HD, Los Rivera Destino, Silvina Moreno, Stefa*, Tall Juan, and Yanga! Tickets are on sale now - go to www.worldcafelive.com! #afrotainosummer2019 #afrotaino2019 #NUEVOFEST2019 —- artwork 🎨 by @aimeeliriano_
JULY 13 - Live Nation in partnership with AfroTaino presents Puerto Rico’s own Cultura Profética. They’ll be performing live at The Fillmore Philadelphia. Besides being the leading reggae roots band on their home island, Cultura Profética is regarded as an institution. Their impact on Latin music, Latin America, and the legacy of reggae worldwide is nothing short of monumental. Tickets on sale NOW viaTicketmaster.com. #afrotaino2019
#BROOKLYN - THURSDAY JULY 11 - It’s the return of the#AfroTainoSummerBash, 2019 edition. Some very talented artists & bands will be onstage - Entropica (sexy electropop from Chile) + Yangabeat (AfroLatin tambor funk from Cali) + Yasser Tejeda & Palotré (NYC/DR merengue madness) + @david_b (PJ Sin Suela Tour DJ/drummer, Puerto Rico). Plus some special guests. It’s all going down at C'mon Everybody. Tickets only $10 - and since it’s during #LAMC2019 week, all badgeholders only pay half the price when you show your badge at the door! #afrotainosummer2019#afrotaino2019 (🎨✨: Aimee Liriano )
Energy, mysticism, roots– it’s hard to describe the genre-breaking music of Making Movies, a band that Rolling Stone says is “breaking down walls in the United States,” with a mix of afro-latino rhythms and psychedelic rock’n'roll that makes the group’s sound something unique. The connection between the Chi brothers (hailing from Santiago, Panama)– together with their Mexican bandmates, the Chaurand brothers– results in an overwhelming musical presence that takes you through landscapes festive, furious, refreshing, and dark.
Hey folks! It’s time for another peek into the upcoming programming season. Our 2019 Summer schedule is full of fun & entertainment for the family, your closest friends, and especially for you..
One of those events is the annual Hispanic Fiesta that takes place at Great Plaza on the Penn’s Landing Waterfront, overlooking the Delaware River. Brought to you by El Concilio, and programmed by AfroTaino Productions, this weekend long event is one of the most anticipated events of Latino Philadelphia. Attracting 40k+ attendees including many from beyond state lines, the Hispanic Fiesta has culinary delights from the Caribbean, Central & South America; a Children’s area with live circus performers, games, and giveaways; Pop-up performances happening throughout the Great Plaza; a beer garden with a wide selection of brews; Youth group performances, community organizations, and of course the boisterous marketplace with culturally-themed apparel, jewelry, artwork. ——— > But of course there’s SO MUCH GOOD MUSIC!
Here’s a look at Saturday’s lineup: Kim Viera, Karina Daza, Silvina Moreno, Andre Veloz, and the evening’s headliner,COASTCITY! - ready for the best part?
Sunday’s lineup: LosBomberos De la Calle, The Hughes School of Bolivian Dance Company & Ensemble,AFRO Dominicano, Los Rivera Destino, and the evening’s headliner, legendary salsa singer Lalo Rodriguez! Known for being the voice of Eddie Palmieri’s albums of the 70’s, it was Rodriguez’s solo hit, “Ven Devorame Otra Vez” that catapulted him into households across Latin America. He will be assisted by the Dennis Guevara orquesta 🕺🏽🕺🏽🕺🏽
The festival is 100% FREE and open to the public from 2-8pm. Save the date and join us! #AfroTainoSummer2019
AfroTaino presents Desorden Público at 118 North, right outside of central Philly. The band is celebrating their 25th anniversary of bringing the noise! Desorden Público is a ska/rock band founded in 1985 in Caracas, Venezuela. The band's music mixes ska, latin rock, reggae and traditional Latin music styles, and the group's lyrics are known for commenting on Venezuela's and Latin America's politics and society. Influenced by the English 2 Tone movement, Desorden Público's embraces different languages and promotes racial and social tolerance. The band has a dozen or so releases to their name and have had platinum sales, No. 1 and top 10 hits. They have tours that have taken them all over Latin America, North America and Europe. Tickets are on sale NOW! https://www.118northwayne.com/event/1862554/ . The #AfroTainoSummer2019 season is gonna be FUEGO. (Fiyah fiyah fiyah) 🔥🔥🔥#afrotaino2019
Who’s ready for #TropicoFuego? That’s right, it’s official.
JUNE 22 - #LaRepublicaDominicana - AfroTaino Productions is a proud community partner of one of the dopest Latin indie lineups this year. AcentOh +Nikola Santiago + Josue Lora : 🌊🌊🌊🌊🌊🌊🌊🌴🌴🌴🌴🌴🌴🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔊🔊🔊🔊🔊🔊 #afrotainosummer2019 — with AcentOh, Nikola Santiago and Josue Lora.
WHO’S READY FOR THE #AFROTAINOSUMMER2019 FUN?
Saturday June 8th is the annual Sugar Cane Festival! Hosted by APM, with musical programming by AfroTaino, the Sugar Cane Festival takes place at 6th & Susquehanna streets in North Philly from 11am-3pm. This year’s live musical guests are incredible: Los Bomberos De La Calle + Redobles de Cultura + Los Hermanos Sanz + MAKU Soundsystem + our very own DJ Rahsaan are all on hand to kick off the summer right! Everyone will be dancing in the streets under the open sky to the sounds of salsa, merengue, cumbia, afrobeat, bomba, plena, reggaeton, soca, and much more. It’s FREE FAMILY FUN for EVERYONE. There are also vendors and information booths about various social services like healthcare, adoption, and senior care. Recognized as the official kickoff of Summer for Latino Philly, the annual Sugar Cane Festival also features various food vendors and of course, FREE FRESHLY CHOPPED SUGAR CANE by the stalk! 🤤 just follow the sound of the machete chop or look for the reeealllly loooooong line of folks waiting for the sugar rush! See you there! #AfroTainoSummer2019 #afrotaino2019
On May 22, 2019, the series kicks off with the Philadelphia debut of Alfonsina, the Uruguayan singer/multi instrumentalist. After touring and collaborating with legendary experimental hiphop producer/artist Tricky, she went on a 3-year streak of winning multiple Graffiti awards (Uruguay’s “GRAMMYs”), including Best New Artist in 2015. In preparation for her new project, she’ll be performing an intimate set of her chart-toppers and unheard, new material.
The event will also host an Official Listening Party for the soon-to-be-released sophomore album 'Morir Soñando' from Josue Lora + Nota G. The artists - formerly known as Agudos Clef - drew attention with their debut LP, Teoria, with the lead single, “Raices”. The song & video were loved for being a rich, humble musical & visual tribute to the act’s roots & their first homeland: The Dominican Republic.
The new album will be released Spring/Summer 2019, and feature artists like Acentoh and Calma Carmona, with productions by Grammy winning producer Ivan Barias (Justin Timberlake, Rick Ross, Musiq Soulchild, etc), and Philly jazzpunk keys-n-drum duo Trap Rabbit. More on this lineup to come.
Event starts at 8PM. Suggested donation is $8.00. Refreshments too.
Location is The Maas Building - 1325 N. Randolph Street, Philadelphia PA #afrotaino2019
WPO and AfroTaino are proud to present the legendary kings of Cumbia Amazonica ::: Los Mirlos::: Named after a black bird in their native jungle, Los Mirlos are the uncrowned kings of tropical Peruvian Cumbia, or Cumbia Amazonica. The band came together in Lima during the oil boom of the 70s and created a uniquely new and powerful party music inspired by the Anglophone psychedelic rock and surf music of the time.
The iconic band is well known for the incredible productions of psychedelic Peruvian Cumbia that they have produced since the 70’s. Widely known as the mastermind of the Peruvian-Amazonian Cumbia, they are back to the musical scene to share with the world the Peruvian musical history and the value of it.
Los Mirlos will be starting the party at 8:30, followed by WPO Electro at 10:30. WPO is a new special project of West Philadelphia Orchestra which synthesizes WPO's acoustic horns and percussion with electronic instruments and beats. #AfroTaino2019
Doors open: 8:00 PM $15 advance / $20 at door
1320 Chancellor Street ***PLEASE NOTE THE EARLY START TIME**** Tickets available at www.westphiladelphiaorchestra.com
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.
SAVE THE DATE - APRIL 27 - PHILLY : When two DJs combine some of their funkiest & craziest records for 1 night of drinks & debauchery, this is the result. Your vinyl hosts @waffleshidalgo & Rahsaan (of @afrotainoprod) present #LosDiscosApocalypticos: a night of lowrider soul, exotica funk, & psych beats. See you at @theintlbar #fishtown. Needle hits the wax at 10pm. No cover. #afrotaino2019
APRIL 11 -CinéSPEAK presents the #Philadelphia premiere of TUBA TO CUBA -- featuring New Orleans' legendary Preservation Hall Jazz Band as they journey to Cuba tracing their musical roots. AfroTaino is a proud promotional partner.
The leader of New Orleans’ famed Preservation Hall Jazz Band seeks to fulfill his late father's dream of retracing their musical roots to the shores of Cuba. Join the band as they traverse post-embargo Cuba in search of the indigenous music that gave birth to New Orleans jazz. Encounters with some of Cuba’s most iconic musicians leads to spontaneous and soulful collaborations.
A Tuba to Cuba celebrates the triumph of the human spirit expressed through the universal language of music and challenges us to dig deeper; to find that common ground we all have inside us, and there, resolve to build bridges, not walls. #AfroTaino2019
After the screening, stick around for a Q&A, moderated by AfroTaino’s Creative Partner, Rahsaan Lucas.
AfroTaino Productions is a proud community partner.
DOORS @ 6:30PM
FILM @ 7PM
Familia! Monday, April 8th - Jurakán: Nación en Resistencia, comes back to Philadelphia. This film is a must-see.
Join Friends Select's Student Committee for Extra-Curricular Education (SCECE) presents a screening of Jurakán: A Nation in Resistance. This new documentary features 41 Puerto Ricans of different backgrounds telling the story of their home. A Q&A with the creators will follow the screening, and refreshments will be provided. #AfroTaino2019
AfroTaino Productions is a proud community partner.
This event is free, but RSVP required.
APRIL 4: the percussion maestro Pablo Batista & his Latin Jazz Ensemble is back at @southjazzkitchen for another rhythmic journey into his musical galaxy. This edition is a very special tribute to Tito Puente and Cal Tjader, and will also feature special guest Tony Micelli! Get your tickets now before they’re gone. #AfroTaino2019
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
Doors @ 8:00 PM
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.