Afro Roots World Music Festival returns to Miami for three nights of rhythm

Community Arts and Culture hosts its 17th annual Afro Roots World Music Festival, a celebration of the evolution and influence of African culture and music throughout the world, with a series of concerts featuring an international roster of performers.

The kick-off on Thursday at Blackbird Ordinary (729 SW 1st Ave, Miami) will feature a show by Cortadito (Cuba, Miami) and Patacon Conspiracy (Colombia) along with a global bazaar. Friday the show continues at Little Haiti Cultural Center (212-260 NE 59th Terr., Miami) with showcase performances by Conjunto Progreso (Cuba, Miami), PALO! (Cuba, Miami), Morikeba Kouyate (Senegal), the Nag Champayons (Little Haiti) and Los Herederos (Cuba, Miami), plus DJ Moses spinning  global selections.

The festival concludes on Saturday with a show at the North Beach Bandshell (7275 Collins Ave, Miami Beach) with headliners Hassan Hakmoun (Morocco), Locos Por Juana (Colombia) and Bateria Unidos de Miami (Brazil), along with DJ Le Spam. The after-party will take place Saturday at Naomi’s Garden Vibes Restaurant (650 NW 71st St., Miami), beginning at 10 p.m. with DJ Lance-O and the Kulcha Shok crew. There will be a $5 cover charge and the event is open to those 21 and over.

The event also includes a series of panel discussions about the music industry, workshops on North and West African traditions and Afro-Cuban folklore, lectures like one by headliner Hassan Hakmoun about the musical traditions of the Gnawa people of Marrakesh and much more. For complete schedule visit www.AfroRootsFest.com. Thursday night’s show is free, two-day passes are $20, admission at the door is $15, $10 for students and seniors with ID; kids 12 and under are free.

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