Global Cuba Fest 2021

Co-Presented with FUNDarte


Saturday, March 6, 2021 | North Beach Bandshell | 7:00PM

Global Cuba Fest 2021 in-person tickets are SOLD OUT! But don’t worry – you can watch the LIVESTREAM of this year’s celebration of the culture and rhythms of Cuba at! Don’t miss this double-bill concert featuring the Dafnis Prieto Sextet plus Alain Perez & Julio Montalvo with The Cuban Collective streaming live from North Beach Bandshell starting at 8pm EST!


Sat, Mar 6 |North Beach Bandshell | Buy Ticket

  • 7pm | Doors Open with EDGARO Productor n Jefe
  • 8pm | Dafnis Prieto Sextet in Concert
  • 9pm | Intermission
  • 9:30pm | Alain Perez and Julio Montalvo with the Cuban Collective 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.



From Cuba, Dafnis Prieto’s revolutionary drumming techniques and compositions had a powerful impact on the Latin and Jazz music scene, nationally and internationally. Various awards include “2011 MacArthur Fellowship Award”, a Grammy Award Winning and Latin Grammy Nomination for “Dafnis Prieto Big Band / Back to the Sunset” in 2018, a Grammy Award Nomination for “Absolute Quintet” as Best Latin Jazz Album, and a Latin Grammy Nomination for “Best New Artist” in 2007. Up & Coming Musician of the Year” by the Jazz Journalists Association in 2006, Also a gifted educator, Prieto has conducted numerous master classes, clinics, and workshops throughout the world. Dafnis was a faculty member of Jazz studies at NYU from 2005 to 2014, and in 2015 became a faculty member of Frost School of Music at UM (University of Miami). Since his arrival to New York in 1999, Dafnis has worked in bands led by Michel Camilo, Chucho Valdés, Bebo Valdés, Henry Threadgill, Steve Coleman, Eddie Palmieri, Chico and Arturo O’Farrill, Dave Samuels & The Caribbean Jazz Project, Jane Bunnett, D.D. Jackson, Edward Simon, Roy Hargrove, Don Byron and Andrew Hill, among others. More information:



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:



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