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The 11th Annual Afro Roots Festival – April 3-4, 2009

By April 3, 2009October 2nd, 2011No Comments

Moksha Arts Collective & Community Arts and Culture


The 11th Annual

Afro Roots Music Festival

Saturday, April 4th at

The North Beach Band Shell


Grupo Embalo: playing Brazilian Pagode music

Morikeba Kouyate-Senegalese Kora Master and Griot

Jan Sebon & Kazak International-
Haitian Roots music with a global tinge

Plus Miami’s DJ Le Spam and a live painting by world renowned artist Lebo.
Tickets are $7.00, $50 for VIP, and children 12 and under free.

Let The Children Have Dance and Music
On Saturday, April 4th
from 10:30 am to 2pm there
will be a kid’s show in the Sandbowl area behind The North Beach Band
Shell on 73rd and Collins Ave. Elena Garcia Dance Project will be
presenting 2 sessions of “Everybody Conga”, a drum and dance
workshop that explains the history of the conga and encourages participation.
There will be arts and crafts stations, a cool down tent for the
over-stimulated, and UM-NSU CARD (Center for Autism and Related Disabilities)
will be on hand with their mobile clinic to provide information and preliminary
screenings of Autism and Autism Spectrum Disorders In between segments, there
will be a musical performance by Morikeba Kouyate, a Master Kora player and
griot from Senegal, West Africa.

kick-off party Festival of The Drum

Friday, April 3rd
, 10:00pm-2:00am

Transit Lounge, 729 SW 1st Ave, Miami
No cover

This satellite event was first presented to Festival Director,
Jose Elias by a fellow percussionist and friend Lazaro Franco.
Mr. Franco is one of the original drummers of the legendary
Samba School Unidos Do Salguiero in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil.
The idea was simple, create an event that showcases the global drumming
community in a relaxed and informal atmosphere for people of all nationalities
to enjoy. In the spirit of bringing Mr. Franco’s vision to life,
Community Arts and Culture along with Transit Lounge present the Festival of
the Drum, a one night only event featuring a variety of percussion driven acts.

This event is made possible with the support of the Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs,
The Cultural affairs Council, the Mayor, and the Miami-Dade County Board of County Commissioners,

7th Circuit Productions, Moksha Family, 88.9 FM WDNA, Transit Lounge,
The North Beach Band Shell Trust, the City of Miami Beach, and Atlantic Broadband.