There are few names as recognizable and well received in the Miami music scene as Afrobeta, instantly lighting up the eyes and ears of those who hear it.
With a genuine love for performance, the electro-pop duo have become a staple on EDM stages around the world, whose tracks “Land of Lost Lovers” and “Play House” have found their way onto the Sirius XM Electric Area and UMF Sirius XM BPM airwaves with ease. Last year’s latest venture, Dream About You is a break into a dream-like world that still nods to the sharp electronic roots they have so eloquently shaped.
Bred from the melting pot of culture in Miami’s streets, the duo of Cuci Amador and Tony “Smurphio” Laurencio fuse electronic production with the romance of an open mind. Afrobeta is the antithesis of an inside joke; their infectious beats form an effortless blend of quirk and skill that invites even the most reluctant of on-listeners into a world where color and fun roam free – a universal message that requires no interpreter.
What sets Afrobeta apart within the musical landscape of the city, is their constant desire to include everyone-- inevitably making themselves entirely different. To celebrate the release of their album, they hosted the first annual Mooncake Jam last year, inviting a plethora of Miami’s sonic elite, and a few interesting characters, to share the stage with them for a mini music festival at the North Beach Bandshell. The result was nothing short of inspiring. Over a thousand curious souls flocked to the historical landmark and left more connected to local art than before.
This year, the duo has brought back the celebration to achieve bigger and better things for the community. With the help of The Rhythm Foundation, Afrobeta will host its second-annual Mooncake Jam on Saturday, October 15th-- an experience you have to see to believe. Their lineup is already filled with local favorites like the Guitars Over Guns alumni band that provides a mentorship program to at-risk youth throughout the city, The State Of, Raffa Jo Harris, Klangbox.FM’s Laura of Miami, and many more to come.
More than just music, Mooncake Jam will be a manifestation of what Afrobeta is all about: creativity and a whole lot of spice. There will be local artists like The Dutch Hippies, limited-edition screen printing, grub from Miami favorite eateries, interactive activations, and craft brews fermented in our very own city. Other than the fact that it’s free, did we mention it’s also free? Plugs aside, it’s not often that talent goes noticed in a city as bustling as Miami. Even less often does that talent take the time to provide opportunities for fellow creatives to connect with the community. That in a nutshell is why Afrobeta has remained a household name for so long in the city, and we don’t foresee that changing anytime soon.