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The Fresh New Sound of Cuba Around the World!

Meet the new generation of artists breaking through Global Cuba’s musical scene!

From Saturday, March 7th to Saturday, March 14th in various venues in Miami-Dade County, Florida

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FUNDarte, Miami Light Project and The Rhythm Foundation present Global Cuba Fest 2020 featuring Yelsy Heredia and Brenda Navarrete in Concert, on March 7th at 8:00 p.m. at North Beach Bandshell; Sol and The Tribu on March 11th at 8:00 p.m. at The Citadel Rooftop; Piano Marathon Cubano by Jorge Luis Pacheco, and Mambo #2020 “Mambo meets Timba”, by Alain Perez and Julio Montalvo Orchestra in Concert, on March 14th at 8:00 p.m. at Miami Dade County Auditorium.


Global Cuba Fest turns 13! Now in Miami, Miami Beach, and Little Havana with the freshest and most relevant Cuban artists from our island neighbor and its diaspora.




Global Cuba Fest Program


MARCH 7th – Opening Night at North Beach Bandshell, Miami Beach


8:00 p.m. – Brenda Navarrete and the Debut of Mi Mundo in Miami


Brenda Navarrete is one of Cuba’s most celebrated rising stars, fusing ancestral Afro-Cuban heritage with contemporary jazz influences. A singer and percussionist, Navarrete plays the batá, a set of three double-headed drums that are traditionally used in Afro-Cuban religious ceremonies. Her skill breaks a santería taboo, which holds that women are forbidden to even touch the batá. She has collaborated with and played alongside Cuba’s musical elite, including Alain Perez, Rodney Barreto and Roberto Carcasses, the founder of Cuban all-star funk/jazz band Interactivo, which is responsible for producing a handful of other Cuban stars including Telmary and Cimafunk. She also plays with Afro-Cuban folkloric percussion troupe, Obiní Bata. More information about this artist at


Brenda Navarrete performs on stage at Global Cuba Fest 2020. Saturday, March 7th at North Beach Bandshell, Miami Beach. Photograph by Generacion Asere


“Navarrete is one of the best-kept secrets of her generation. With her short, but exquisite album, Mi Mundo, Miss Navarrete joins the ranks of her musical elders, Roman Diaz, Pedrito Martinez, as one of the premier batá drummers and vocalists to emerge as musician and Lucumí who have also made a successful transition to Jazz, Latin-Jazz and other hybrid styles of traditional and popular Latin-American music.”

by Raul da Gama / Latin Jazz Network


Yelsi Heredia performs on stage at Global Cuba Fest 2020. Saturday, March 7th at North Beach Bandshell, Miami Beach. Photograph by GlassWorks Multimedia.


9:00 p.m. – Yelsy Heredia and the Changüí Project

The Cuban musician Yelsy Heredia, living and working in Madrid since the late ’90s, toured with Cigala for 13 years. He made his name accompanying beloved icons like Bebo Valdés, Chucho Valdés, Changuito, Ernan Lopez Nussa, and Dayme Arocena.


Even while touring with these giants, Heredia harbored a passion for changüí, the distinctive and less-known rhythm of his native Guantanamo, in eastern Cuba. Changüí is the traditional rhythm of the sugar cane farms; it was the first contemporary music to combine Spanish canción and guitar with African rhythms and percussion. It is considered a predecessor of son montuno, which makes it the grandfather of modern salsa.


Heredia’s 2019 release of changüí tunes, Lo Nuestro, was nominated for a Latin Grammy.  He will bring his music to the Bandshell for this special concert, accompanied by a band of other eight top Cuban musicians. More information about this artist at


“Yelsy Heredia’s bowed-bass solo has a spiritual dimension, played as if calling the ancestors.”

by Chucho Valdés



What:             Yelsy Heredia in Concert and Brenda Navarrete 

When:            Saturday, March 7 at 8:00 p.m.

Where:          North Beach Bandshell, (7275 Collins Ave Miami Beach, FL 33141)

Cost:              $25 Early Bird | $30 General Admisision | $35 Day of the show


Info:      | 786.453.2897 – 305-672-5202




MARCH 11th – The Party Goes On at The Citadel Rooftop


8:00 p.m. – Sol and The Tribu

Ambassadors of The New Miami Sound, Sol and The Tribu rock out with their retro-futuristic mix of Miami-Licious swagger and Caribbean funk rhythms.  They’ll get you off your feet, dancing your way into a “Conga Inferno”, moving to the positive vibrations. More information about this artist at:



What:             SOL AND THE TRIBU / DJ EDGARO

When:            Wednesday, March 11 at 8:00 p.m.

Where:          The Citadel Rooftop, 8300 NE 2 Ave, Miami

Cost:              Free admission with RSVP


Info:      | phone: 305-576-4350




MARCH 14 – Closing Night at Miami Dade County Auditorium


The music is back to Miami’s Little Havana! This year we close with the explosive music of Piano Marathon Cubano & Mambo #2020 “Mambo meets Timba”

8:00 p.m. – Piano Marathon Cubano featuring: Jorge Luis Pacheco (Cuba)

The event will be opened by one of Cuba’s top pianists perform a lively marathon concert. Pacheco is a passionate, extravagant, exciting entertainer on stage and constantly captures the audience’s attention with his heartfelt performances and electric energy.


Jorge Luis Pacheco, is one of the leading pianists of the new generation of jazz in Cuba. He won the “Audience Award” and the “Second Jury Award “at the International Jazz Piano Competition Montreux Switzerland in July  2014. In 2017 Pacheco also won the best solo and performance award in the  jazz contest “Made in New York” in New York City whit one of his on compositions. He is a virtuoso pianist, composer, arranger, percussionist and singer. More information about this artist at:



“Pacheco is fast and furiously earning a reputation for being a gifted pianist, percussionist, composer and musical director, and his upcoming CD, ..produced by Chucho Valdes, displays his technical mastery and musical mastery.”

by Melanie Futorian / All About Jazz



9:00 p.m. – Mambo #2020 “Mambo meets Timba”, by Alain Perez and Julio Montalvo Orchestra in Concert.


Alain Pérez and the great Julio Montalvo Orchestra invite you to join them for the closing night of Global Cuba Fest, at the world premiere of their concert, “Mambo #2020.”

Mambo Meets Timba is a rhythmical journey through the different genres of danceable Cuban music, beginning with the classic Danzón, seasoned with Latin Jazz, and topped with a dollop of the newest sounds and rhythms from the island, all executed with mastery and virtuosity by more than 20 musicians united on stage at Miami Dade County Auditorium.

This is a show that will delight dancers of every persuasion, where you’ll get to hear renditions of the most magical moments of a musical era, with sounds that are alive in the DNA of Cubans and in the musical legacy that this tropical island has gifted the entire world with.


Julio Montalvo is one of the leading trombonists from the island of Cuba. Songwriter, producer, arranger and session musician, he also appears as a solo artist, directing his own project since 1998, in which he blends Afro-Cuban rhythms with elements of modern Jazz to achieve an ingenious style – New Latin Jazz.

Julio has participated in various Jazz Festivals, with his own projects and as a sideman, in the San Javier Jazz Festival, Istanbul Jazz Festival, Jazz in Marciac France, Granada Jazz Festival, Valencia Jazz Festival, Lugo Jazz Festival and Universijazz, Ciudad Real, Art Basel Party Miami Desing District 2017 & 2018 with Julio Montalvo Orchestra. He has shared the stage with musicians from the international jazz circuit such as: Pat Metheny/Perico Sambeat Sedajazz BB, Team Cuba, Alain Perez, Imo Tébar, Dominique D’ Piazza, Darryl Hall, Claudio Roditi, Donald Edwards, Miguel “Angá” Diaz, Mark Nightingale, Jose Negroni, Mike Mossman, Lucrecia, Oscar D’ León, J.A El Canario, Aymeé Nuviola, Gladstone Galliza, Ramon Cardo Big Band, Edmundo Carneiro, and more. More information about this artist at:


“Julio Montalvo is one of the great trombonist of Cuba, his album Mother earth is dedicated to the great Cuban percussionist Angá. It is a combination of Afro-Cuban rhythms mixed with new trends of modern jazz, offering a warm fusion of Latin Jazz.”

by CD Baby


Alain Perez is a multi-instrumentalist, singer, producer and composer. He is known as one of the most versatile artists in the Cuban contemporary scene. In his talk, Alain has worked with Celia Cruz, Paco de Lucía, Enrique Morente, Diego El Cigala, Los Van Van and Issac Delgado. In 2015, he was nominated for the Grammy Latino Awards by the album El alma del Son: Tributo a Matamoros.

Alain Pérez was nominated to the Latin Grammy Awards 2017, for his album ADN, recorded with distinguished musicians such as Rubén Blades among others. More information about this artist at:


“Alain Pérez is a prodigy from Trinidad that’s making popular Cuban music for the 21st century. Nurtured by some of the greatest names in the world of flamenco, jazz and timba, he declares that his musical search is about safeguarding the past for a more fruitful future.”

by Havana Cultura


What:             Mambo #2020 “Mambo meets Timba”, by Alain Pérez and Julio Montalvo Orchestra in Concert (be preceded by Piano Maratón Cubano featuring Jorge Luis Pacheco)

When:            Saturday, Mar. 14th at 8:00 p.m.

Where:          Miami Dade County Auditorium (2901 W Flagler St., Miami, FL 33135)

Cost:              $30 in advance / $35 at the door / $5 discount for students ( -18) and seniors (+65) with ID

Tickets:, by phone (800) 745-3000. No service charge at the Miami  Dade County Auditorium Box Office, Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Info:                (305) 547-5414; (786) 348-0789 /


The International Cultural Partnerships Program at Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs supports this concert.


FUNDarte  is a multidisciplinary non-profit organization dedicated to producing, presenting, and promoting music, theater, dance, film, and visual arts that speak to Miami’s diverse cultures with an emphasis on Hispanic/Latino arts and culture. FUNDarte particularly works to nurture emerging artists and those with little or no exposure to South Florida audiences; facilitate intercultural and international exchanges; and provide local audiences and artists with educational opportunities that expand their creative, critical, and social perspectives.


Founded in 1988, The Rhythm Foundation, has presented concerts, festivals and events featuring over 800 established and innovative artists from around the world. Special focus is given to those cultures connecting to South Florida audiences. In 2015 The Rhythm Foundation began year-round management of the North Beach Bandshell amphitheater for the City of Miami Beach.


Founded in 1989, Miami Light Project is a not-for-profit cultural organization which presents live performances by innovative dance, music and theater artists from around the world; supports the development of new work by South Florida-based artists; offers educational programs for students of every age; and cultivates the development of new audiences reflecting the diverse cultural and economic make-up of South Florida. Miami Light Project is a cultural forum to explore some of the issues that define contemporary society.


Financial and administrative support for Global Cuba Fest 2020 is provided in part by the Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs and the Cultural Affairs Council, the Miami-Dade County Mayor and Board of County Commissioners; The Miami-Dade County Auditorium; The State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs and the Florida Council on Arts and Culture; the City of Miami Beach Department of Tourism and Cultural Development, Cultural Affairs Program, Cultural Arts Council and the Miami Beach Mayor and City Commissioners; John S. and James L. Knight Foundation; The Citadel; El Nuevo Herald; Pamela Restaurant, and The Broadmoor Hotel.


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