Miami Light Project and FUNDarte Present

Global Cuba Fest 2016

Featuring Iván “Melon” Lewis, Yadam, Pavel Urkiza y La Ruta de las Almas Band and Dayme Arocena. 

March 12-19, 2016

The Music is back! Miami Light Project and FUNDarte are proud to present the 9th Annual Global Cuba Fest from March 12, 2016 to March 19, 2016 featuring Cuban music’s most exciting musical acts at the Miami Dade County Auditorium and The Light Box at Goldman Warehouse in Wynwood.

For nearly a decade, Miami Light Project and FUNDarte have brought their popular music series to South Florida, celebrating the roots of Cuban music and the genre’s funkiest innovations exploring jazz, son montuno, bolero, trova, timba and Afro-Cuban rhythms. This year’s lineup is packed with new voices and established masters alike from Cuba and Spain. The program includes sets by Iván “Melon” Lewis, one of the most recognized jazz pianists of his generation; by Yadam, the singer songwriter who has recently escalated from a young promising artist to an established voice in the music scene; by Pavel Urkiza y La Ruta de las Almas Band, a musical journey without precedent directed by a Cuban artist who fuses traditional Sephardic sounds with Afro-Latin music; and by Daymé Arocena, an exceptional young Cuban vocalist  turning heads and catching ears.

The festival kicks off with an opening night celebrating Cuban diaspora in Spain at the Miami Dade County Auditorium (2901 W Flagler Street, Miami, FL 33135) on Saturday, March 12, 2016 at 8:00 p.m.

All other performances are at The Light Box at Goldman Warehouse (404 NW 26th Street, Miami, FL 33127) in Wynwood on Thursday, March 17, 2016 and Saturday, March 19, 2016 at 8:00 p.m.

Opening Night Celebrating the Cuban Diaspora in Spain

Saturday, March 12th at 8:00PM
Miami Dade County Auditorium  | 2901 W Flagler Street | Miami, FL 33135

Iván “Melon” Lewis (Spain/Cuba)

His virtuosity as a jazz composer and pianist has garnered two nominations, Best New Artist and Best Jazz Album, at the 2015 Latin Grammy. An ongoing collaborator with Concha Buika, Iván “Melon” Lewis will open the evening’s program and share his talents on piano with the Miami audience.

Yadam (Spain/Cuba)

Before beginning his solo career, Cuban singer songwriter, Yadam was already a prestigious composer who collaborated with artists like Concha Buika and Pastora Soler. His solo album Confesión put him on the musical radar as one of the most promising young artists in Cuba and Spain. He has been an opening act for Van Morrison and Carlos Santana. Miami’s audience will finally be able to enjoy his singular style that mixes jazz with pop rhythms.

Pavel Urkiza and La Ruta De Las Almas Band! (Spain/Cuba)

With Special Guest Artists: Eliseo Parra, África Gallego and Javier Rubial (Cuba and Spain)

Pavel Urkiza is a composer, guitarist and singer of Cuban origin who is considered a maestro of Afro-Cuban music. With his latest project, “La Ruta de las Almas”, his sensibility for fusing world music styles reaches new heights. Mixing Sephardic, Spanish and Latin American sounds, the effect is lyrical and transports us on a voyage of sensations. He will share a stage with Israeli and Latin American musicians, as well as recognized Spanish artists: Eliseo ParraÁfrica Gallego y Javier RubialLa Ruta de las Almas is the tangible acoustic manifestation of a documentary project filmed by Urkiza that will be presented on the March 11th at CCE Miami.

Global Cuba Fest at The Light Box at Goldman Warehouse, Wynwood!

Thursday and Saturday, March 17 & 19, 2016 at 8:00PM
The Light Box at Goldman Warehouse | 404 NW 26 Street | Wynwood

Daymé Arocena (Cuba)

At 23 years, Daymé is a skillful, charismatic presence in Cuban music. Her powerful voice and her ability to absorb music of any kind, particularly jazz and Cuban neo-soul, with her devotion for Afro-Cuban culture, made her into one of the most exciting artists of the Cuban contemporary scene. At the end of 2015 her debut album “Nueva Era” was selected by National Public Radio of USA (NPR) as one of the best 50 albums of the year.

About Miami Light Project

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 Miami-based artists; and offers educational programs for students of every age. Since our inception, we have reached a diverse cross-section of communities throughout Miami-Dade County with an extensive outreach effort that includes partnerships with other arts organizations, universities and social service agencies. Miami Light Project is a cultural forum to explore some of the issues that define contemporary society.

About FUNDarte

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 a special emphasis on artists from Latin America, the Caribbean and Spain. FUNDarte works to nurture and elevate emerging artists and those who are not well known by South Florida audiences; facilitate intercultural exchanges on an international level; and promote educational opportunities for local audiences and artists in order to broaden their creative, critical and social perspectives. Visit us online at for more information about our programs and events.