Global Cuba Festival 2009 to feature Albita, Alex Cuba, and Yosvany Terry

It's been 50 years since Castro took power, and still the stretches of

ocean surrounding Cuba can't stop the flow of its people's creative

juices. The second annual Global Cuba Fest pays homage to the

continuity of this unique Caribbean culture by uniting artists who long

ago spread to the far reaches of the planet. Emblematic of their

exodus, these vanguardistas break all sorts of geographic and cultural

boundaries without losing their island identities. 

Fundarte and Miami Light Project kick

the series off Friday with the closest thing to traditional that one

can get this side of the Strait of Florida: two-time Grammy winning

musician Albita. Considered a classic among her contemporaries, she mixes it all together with dance and soul. On Saturday, Canada transplant Alex Cuba

pushes soul even further with a melancholy yet serendipitous concoction

of trova, funk, and rock that is retro in the mod-est sense of the

term. On Sunday contemporary purists will pleased to hear that Cuban

jazz jams on in all its splendor. Backed by a smattering of piano and

drums Yosvany Terry squeezes all sorts of emotive notes out of his sax.


Cuba Fest 2009. With Albita, Alex Cuba, and Yosvany Terry. Friday,

February 6 through Sunday, February 8. North Beach Bandshell, 7275

Collins Ave., Miami Beach. Shows start at 8 p.m. each night. Admission

is $20 each show, or $50 for the entire festival. and

-- Julienne Gage

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