Heineken TransAtlantic Music Festival returns in April to reunite South Florida’s international community of music lovers for the thirteenth annual, two-day oceanfront festival, at the North Beach Bandshell.
The Rhythm Foundation has lined-up bands and musicians representative of current and traditional styles, including Wild Belle; afro-soul big band, Budos Band, French-Chilean hip-hop diva, Ana Tijoux; and rebellious cumbia experimentalists; Puerto Candelaria. More artists and events will be announced, so check back with Tropicult for updates.
Now, we invite you take a musical journey with us around the world, as we explore this year’s TransAtlantic lineup.
FRIDAY, APRIL 10
Budos Band’s live performances are known for the heavy grooves and the band’s raucous stage presence, uncommon in today’s funk bands. The psychedelic musical sound has notes of early heavy metal, fused with a propulsion of afrobeat, funk, and hip-hop. Budos Band returns to Miami to celebrate their new release on Daptone Records, “Burnt Offerings,” at this year’s Heineken TransAtlantic Music Festival.
Colombia’s Puerto Candelaria blends traditional cumbia rhythms, electronic dance beats, and the mighty horn section, to create an immersive, experimental Afro-Caribbean sound.
SATURDAY, APRIL 11
Wild Belle gained massive recognition while touring with Toro y Moi. Influenced by soul and jazz, the sibling duo, Wild Belle, turn folk, dance, ’70s reggae, and psychedelic rock, into lovable indie pop. The siblings, Natalie, and Elliot Bergman named their debut album, “Isles,” since each unique track resembles its own island. Wild Belle will appear at music festivals across the US, including Lollapalooza, Coachella, and, of course, this year’s Heineken TransAtlantic Festival.
Ana Tijoux sings in Spanish and raps about political issues in a whirlwind of hip-hop, jazz, funk, and traditional Latin roots. Last year, “Vengo” was named one of NPR Music’s favorites and was awarded a Latin Grammy Record of the Year. She performed “Vengo” at The Grammys pre-show this past weekend, and this week the track is the free iTunes single of the week (Download).
“I think daily life is the most beautiful and wonderful thing that anyone can have. I think we live in a world where the most important thing is daily life: sharing a space with your family, making meals, being with your people. It’s not only the idea of privacy, it’s the beauty of the moment, at a time in the world when everything goes really fast — too fast.” Ana Tijouz LA Times