Miami Dade College’s (MDC) Koubek Center, su casa de cultura, presents the season finale of the Little Havana Social Club series with Herencia de Timbiquí – direct from Colombia, at 8 p.m., Saturday, Apr. 22.
Hailed as “one of the most exciting tropical music acts out of Colombia in recent years” by World Music Central, and “Pound for pound, the best band of the Colombian Pacific” by Latin Grammy-winner Carlos Vives, Herencia de Timbiquí is an Afro-descendent group from the Pacific coast of Colombia that combines ancestral and modern instruments for an irresistible sound that is both folkloric and contemporary.
Timbiquí is a small town on the Colombian Pacific Ocean coast, surrounded by jungle and rivers. Herencia composer Begner Vásquez and four other friends were forced to abandon their hometown due to the violence generated by illegal groups that controlled the area’s gold mines, as well as the serious danger posed by paramilitary groups to Afro Colombian communities. They moved to Cali, the largest city on the Colombian Pacific coast, started the band, and began developing their unique take on their folkloric-rooted grooves.
Herecia’s music is created by marimbas made from the chonta tree, deer-hide drums called cununus and seed-filled percussion instruments called guasá—fused with electrical guitar, drums, trumpet, and sax. The eleven-member band also added Colombian salsa to the mix, as well as an exploration of funk, jazz and reggae. Their concerts are an explosion of energy, flavor and rhythms that force audience members up from the seats.
Luckily, the Little Havana Social Club series—dedicated to celebrating Latin American heritage through music and dance—provides a dance floor for such an occasion. Intent on promoting community and engagement, the evening features a pre-concert dance lesson, DJ set, and local vendors selling specialty food and cocktails in the lush gardens of the historic Koubek Center mansion.
Tickets: $15 in advance; $20 at the door and $10 for MDC students.
To purchase tickets, or for more information, please visit koubekcenter.org