FRIDAY, APRIL 21 - Made in Miami:
A group of Miami music veterans has tapped into the primordial Yoruba aché source for an exciting new project that fuses rhythms of the orishas with house music -A.C.H.É, The AfroCuban House Experiment featuring DJ Oscar G, Oba Frank Lords and Katiahshé. Warm up with Los Herederos and DJ Lazaro Casanova
DJ Oscar G
- A lifelong Miamian, co-founder of the seminal dance label Murk Records and production teams FunkyGreen Dogs and Liberty City, Oscar G boasts countless chart-topping hits and underground smashes beloved by clubbers worldwide. "Made In Miami" is his new label under Nervous Records, for creative music projects with the A.C.H.É. collective including Lords, Katiahshé, Lazaro Casanova, Jacob Colon, Otto Von Schirach, Eddie Alexander, George Acosta and Oscar G himself.
Oba Frank Lords
- Heralded as a creator of Miami’s Freestyle scene of the 1980s, Oba Frank Lords is known for his work with Secret Society and more. In 1980 he was ceremonially consecrated as a drummer and singer of traditional Yoruba music. Joining Lords on stage is his son, N'GO Lords who has performed with his father since the very young age of two, making for a dynamic drum duo.
- The voice, and priestess of A.C.H.É., was born in Miami into a Cuban family full of music and arts. She began working with Oscar G and Lords last year, and the chemistry created the signature sound for A.C.H.É: - sultry vocals, original deep house reminiscent of classic Miami freestyle, anchored by heavy AfroCuban percussion and dark murky synths.
SATURDAY, APRIL 22:
*Presented in partnership with Afro Roots World Music Festival*
Vieux Farka Toure
US Debut of "Symbi Roots"
- Ahmed Gallab aka Sinkane was born in London, raised in Sudan before his family took up political refuge in Utah, and now lives inBrooklyn. His sound is an uplifting mix of deep grooves, funk, and West African pop – joyous, but socially conscious. His new release Life and Livin’ It! is feel good music for trying times. Sinkane and his band spent 2015 on the road, touring the acclaimed Mean Love album. During the same period, he also led The Atomic Bomb Band — the highly celebrated 15-pieceoutfit that played the music of elusive Nigerian electro-funk maestro WilliamOnyeabor. The band included David Byrne, Damon Albarn, members of HotChip, LCD Soundsystem, The Rapture, Jamie Lidell and legendary jazz musicians Pharoah Sanders and Charles Lloyd, and they played all over the planet. “Those 14 months really changed my life,” Ahmed says. “Not only did I learn how to put on a bigger show, but all that touring brought Sinkane closer as a band.”
Vieux Farka Touré
- Often referred to as “The Hendrix of the Sahara”, VieuxFarka Touré was born in Niafunké, Mali in 1981. He is the son of legendaryMalian guitar player Ali Farka Touré, who died in 2006. Vieux Farka Touré continues to explore the fertile musical links between Malian music and American blues. His musical collaborations include legends of African music and far beyond, including DaveMatthews, Idan Rachel, Julia Easterlin. Vieux began his career in 2001; by June 2010, he performed at the opening concert for the FIFA World Cup in South Africa and released his first album. He is known for dazzling crowds with his dexterity on the guitar, as well as his palpable charisma and luminous smile, both of which captivate audiences from all audiences in spite of any language barriers(though Vieux does speak 8 languages).
- Rara is a uniquely Haitian horn and percussion-fueled festival music, whose massive processions are featured at street parties and carnival celebrations throughout Haiti and the diaspora. The music builds on a voudou tradition both celebratory and sacred – and is always a ‘guy thing’. Enter Symbi Roots, the groundbreaking all-female rara band led by bandleader Dieuvela Etienne out of her cultural center inPort-au-Prince. The group presents rara in a fresh context, building on the traditions of the style and adding in elements of chanson, jazz and pop. The girls of Symbi Roots have joined ArcadeFire for a show-stopping finale at Jacmel Carnival, they have taken their unique show to France and the Caribbean, and now they make their US debut atTransAtlantic Festival.
Afro Cuban House Experiment / Oscar G / Oba Frank Lords / Katiahshé / Lazaro Casanova / Los Herederos / Sinkane / Vieux Farka Toure / Symbi Roots