Afro Roots World Music Festival

Sun Ra Arkestra to Perform at North Beach Bandshell with Special Guest Morikeba Kouyate April 7 

To commemorate the 20th anniversary of the festival, Community Arts and Culture will present the Sun Ra Arkestra, musical torch-bearers for the late, great big-band keyboard innovator. The Arkestra carry on the traditions set by the cosmic philosopher born Herman Poole Blount, complete with full costumes and the songbook from Saturn. Special guest: Morikeba Kouyate. Specially-priced pre-sale tickets are now available online by clicking here.

More Road to Afro Roots Dates Announced

There are five very special Road to Afro Roots warm up shows coming to Miami and Miami Beach the next couple of months. Here’s a short list, with more to be announced:

  • February 16 – Electric Piquete at Books & Books (265 Aragon Ave, Coral Gables, FL 33134), 7:30 p.m., free, all-ages
  • February 28 – Grupo Barrio Abajo at the North Beach Bandshell (7275 Collins Ave, Miami Beach, 33141), 6 p.m., free, all-ages
  • March 3 – Cortadito at Lagniappe House (3425 NE 2nd Ave, Miami, FL 33137), 9 p.m, free, 21 and over.
  • March 23 – Tomas Diaz & the Sound Boutique at Books & Books (265 Aragon Ave, Coral Gables, FL 33134), 7:30 p.m., free, all-ages
  • March 28 – 305 Street Band at the North Beach Bandshell  (7275 Collins Ave, Miami Beach, 33141), 6 p.m., free, all-ages

For more information, please visit; follow the conversation online with the hashtag #ARWMF20.

Afro Roots Fest Florida Keys

The 20th anniversary celebration of the Afro Roots World Music Festival travels to Islamorada for the first time, where Morada Bay Arts & Cultural District (151 Morada Way, Islamorada, FL 33036) will feature live music, African dance and percussion workshops, a global instrument show and tell program for kids and families, vendors, and more on Saturday, April 28, 2018.

The live acts include Nag ChampayonsCortadito and Grupo Barrio Abajo. Suggested donation is $10; all-ages welcome. Made possible by the support of the Florida Keys Tourism Development Council,  Keys ICE (Islamorada Community Entertainment), the Morada Way Arts Cultural District, and the Florida Keys Brewing Company.

Next up, the Studios of Key West (533 Eaton St, Key West, FL 33040) hosts Haiti’s Papaloko and Senegal’s Morikeba Kouyate Saturday, May 19, 2018.  Tickets are now on sale and available online at

Born Jude Thegenus in Port Au Prince, Papaloko is also a visual artist, and a voice for social justice and Haitian activism. A veteran of past Afro Roots Fest events, Kouyate is renown throughout West Africa as a master of the Kora, a traditional stringed instrument native to the Dark Continent.

There is a special kick-off event planned at the Green Parrot (601 Whitehead St, Key West, FL 33040) on Thursday, May 17 featuring Tomas Diaz.

Stay tuned for more information about a planned Key Largo event June 2. Follow the conversation on social media using #ARWMF20.

Afro Roots 20 Slide Show 

Here’s a look back at the last two decade’s worth of Afro Roots World Music Festival shows.