A massive night at Big Night in Little Haiti awaits us. The kings of konpa for more than 40 years, superstars Tabou Combo, grace our stage with a free concert this Friday. This night also launches Haiti’s national celebration La Semaine de la Diaspora.
Tabou Combo – Enjoy konpa music at its finest from the legendary group who have been making music together since 1968. In their classic sound, you will hear a strong dose of the Dominican meringue. In addition, there is Haiti’s dance-till-you-drop carnival music, rara, the hypnotic drums of Haitian voodoo rituals. Add to that quadrilles and contra-dances from Haiti’s French colonizers and funk from the American soul era to James Brown for good measure. The mixture of all these influences makes for a serious bass line that brings new meaning to the word bottom; layer upon layer of accents courtesy of drums, percussion and congas; the constant intertwining of two guitars with the feel of West African Soukous topped with bright piano riffs and a brassy horn section. Visit Tabou Combo online.
Tradisyon Lakou Lakay Dance Ensemble will open the night at 6PM with a short performance, showcasing the Haitian roots and talent of one of the Little Haiti Cultural Center’s signature resident companies.
Mizikpam, your online Haitian and world music radio station, with DJ Mack, between sets. [Mizikpam.com]
Miami Art Museum’s The Record Exhibition brings out the MAM Soundbomb Bus. DJ Mack will be joined by Kevin from WVUM, spinning some Haitian vinyl. [MAM’s The Record]
IPC Visual Lab “Eclectic” Exhibit, curated by Miami Herald photographer Carl Juste.
Family Art Corner by Positive Impact Foundation – fun for kids!
Haitian Food and Drinks for sale, including delicious Prestige Beer
Free Secured parking
7th Circuit Studios welcomes you to enjoy their gallery and boutique, just across from the Center at NE 59th Street, 6PM – 10PM. 228 NE 59 Street, Miami. They host the after show jam, starting at 10PM, featuring the Moksha Roots All Stars, plus Prinsip, Nag Champayons, Hoffmeister, Telekinetic Walrus and much more. The special 4/20 party is “The Pyramid Sessions” with a mind-bending assortment of music, electronic, visual and performing artists. [Moksha website]
Haitian Cultural Arts Alliance, 212 NE 59 Street, features additional work from the Global Caribbean III exhibit and the home studios of Edouard Duval Carrie and Carl Juste’s IPC.
Now open in the neighborhood: Leela’s Restaurant at 5650 NE 2 Avenue. Every Friday through Sunday starting at 9pm they present Leela’s Lakou, with live music from Groove Relax, poetry and comedy. Leela’s also serves a delicious and speedy lunch buffet and dinner throughout the week.
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BIG NIGHT IN LITTLE HAITI is produced by The Rhythm Foundation and The Little Haiti Cultural Center. Support is received from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation’s Knight Arts Challenge Grant. Additional support is received from AmericanAirlines, NoPin, Sak Pase Media, 1580 AM WSRF, 1600 AM WHTY, New Times, Prestige Beer, City of Miami, Miami-Dade Department of Cultural Affairs.Thank you for using Soul Of Miami!