Global Cuba Fest 2020

Co-Presented with FUNDarte & The Rhythm Foundation


Saturday, March 7, 2020 | North Beach Bandshell | 8:00PM

Wednesday, March 11, 2020 | The Citadel | 8:00PM

Saturday, March 14, 2020 | Miami -Dade County Auditorium | 8:00PM

Global Cuba Fest turns 13! This March, Miami Light Project, FUNDarte 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.


Mar 7-14, 2020

Sat, Mar 7 |North Beach Bandshell | Buy Tickets

  • 7pm | Doors
  • 8pm | Brenda Navarrete and the Miami Debut of Mi Mundo
  • 9pm | Yelsy Heredia and the Changüí Project

Weds, Mar 11 | The Citadel Rooftop | Free RSVP

  • 7pm | Doors / DJ Edgaro
  • 8pm | Sol and The Tribu

Sat, Mar 14 | Miami Dade County Auditorium | Buy Tickets

  • 7pm | Doors
  • 8pm | Piano Marathon Cubano featuring Jorge Luis Pacheco
  • 9pm | Mambo #2020 “Mambo meets Timba” by Alain Perez and Julio Montalvo Orchestra in Concert


Launched by Miami Light Project and FUNDarte in 2008, Global Cuba Fest is an internationally acclaimed celebration of the rhythms, music and culture of Cuba. Annually, Global Cuba Fest enriches Miami’s musical scene with the sounds of today’s leading musicians direct from Cuba and from the Cuban diaspora.


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 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 is a not-for-profit cultural organization that is a foremost presenter of international music in the US.  In 2015 The Rhythm Foundation was awarded management of the historic North Beach Bandshell by the City of Miami Beach.roots.


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


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


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:


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:


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. More information about this artist at


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 Perez 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: