Afrobeats meets Trinidad’s Steel Pan in Miami Beach

Dranoff 2 Piano Returns with its West African Beats Performance Series

MIAMI Dranoff2 Piano Foundation presents West African Beats, an annual concert celebrating the soul of high art and music that was brought to the Americas, along with the steel drum, as expressed by Leon Foster Thomas’ internationally acclaimed Jazz ensemble.

Leon Foster: Afrobeats meets Trinidad’s Steel Pan in Miami Beach
Leon Foster-Janelle C. Photography

West African Beats is a contemporary inspiration of this exciting and important music and will be embodied and interpreted by fellow Trinidadian, choreographer Peter London, who’s eclectic dance company calls Miami home.

Peter London
Peter London

West African Beats Event Details

  • Saturday, February 11th at 8PM
  • Pre-concert talk at 7PM
  • Miami Beach Band Shell – 7275 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach
  • VIP $40, General admission $25
  • Students with ID $5 tickets at the door

From London to Jazz at Lincoln Center, Leon Foster Thomas, one of the leading Trinidadian Jazz band maestros and steel pan superstar, will bring the house down with exciting performances of new works on steel pan, 2 pianos, and Jazz band to coincide with the world premiere of his album “Calasantius” at The Rhythm Foundation’s Miami Beach Bandshell.

Pre-concert talk at 7PM brings together Leon Foster Thomas, Peter London, and musicologist of the African diaspora Melvin Butler. They will discuss the influence of West African song and dance on contemporary music. Plus, the spirit of the Caribbean heritage in Jazz.

West African Beats series was originated by Dranoff 2 Piano with the support of the Funding Arts Network’s AWARE grant in celebration of FAN’s 25th year of philanthropy in Miami and created by Dranoff 2 Piano’s Artistic Director, Martin Bejerano.

Tickets are available online at www.Dranoff2Piano.org


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