Miami-Dade County Parks and Target Present a Free Live Concert by Grammy & Emmy Award-Winning Latin Music Sensation ''Albita''
Grammy and Emmy-winning Cuban songstress Albita will perform live in concert at Tropical Park on Friday, October 18, 2013. A two-time Grammy winner and nine-time Grammy nominee, her recent album Una Mujer Que Canta has just been nominated for a Latin Grammy in the category of “Best Salsa Album of the Year.” The show starts at 8:00 p.m. and admission and parking are free. This is the first of four free family-style concerts in the 2013-2014 Noches Tropicales concert series presented by the Miami-Dade County Parks, Recreation and Open Spaces Department and sponsored by Target.
Born in Havana, Cuba as Albita Rodriguez, the internationally renowned recording artistis simply known as “Albita.” A powerful voice and star presence from the start, Albita performed regularly at Cuba’s top hotels and nightclubs introducing her “compadres” to a new twist on their beloved Cuban folk music. In 1988 she released her debut album Habrá Música Guajira, and a second album Si se da la siembra followed a year later. Looking to expand her recording and touring options she defected to the United States via Columbia in 1993, making Miami her new home. Albita’s exciting renditions of Cuban son, bolero, rumba, and mambo quickly captivated the Miami music scene; gaining celebrity fans like Madonna, Gianni Versace, and Gloria and Emilio Estefan. The next year, she was signed by the Estefan’s Crescent Moon label and released her first U.S. single "Qué Manera de Quererte".
Affectionately referred to as the “Cuban Diva”, Albita has since achieved many hit singles and international acclaim. She is considered to be one of the Latin Music Industry’s most esteemed music artists, directors and composers. Nine of her U.S. albums were Grammy nominated, winning two Grammys and “Best Tropical Album of the Year” for the album Albita Llegó (released in 2004 under her own record label, Angel's Dawn). She has performed at two U.S. Presidential Inaugurations and numerous White House functions, and shared world stages with music royals like Celia Cruz, Phil Collins, Tito Puente, Gilberto Gil, and Tony Bennett.
Other Albita albums include Cantare (1992); No Se Parece a Nada (1995); Dicen Que (1996); Una Mujer Como Yo (1997); Son (2000); Hecho a Mano (2002); Albita Live (2006); and Mis Tacones (2009).
Over the years Albita has lent her musical talents to a variety of artistic endeavors. Her music has been featured in the soundtrack of several American and foreign films, including the The Specialist (1994) starring Sylvester Stallone. She has also appeared on Broadway in Mambo Kings, playing the nightclub goddess Evalina Montoya. The Latin songstress continues to perform locally and throughout the U.S., Europe, Latin America, Australia, Malaysia, and Africa. On local television she is dynamic presence singing the jingle for the Esserman International commercial and on Mega TV where she sings "La Mega Se Pega" (the station’s theme song) and hosts the Spanish talk show "La Descarga con Albita," receiving an Emmy Award for “Arts and Entertainment Program”.
Miami-Dade Parks kicked off its free Noches Tropicales/Tropical Nights 2013/2014 concert season with a star-studded Latin Jazz Gala concert at the Miami-Dade County Auditorium (MDCA) on September 20. The Gala concert was led by 10-time Grammy Award-winning percussionist Edwin Bonilla and his Latin Jazz All-Star Ensemble, and included musical performances by five-time Grammy winning violinist Frederico Britos, legendary Cuban flutist Gustavo Cruz and vocalist Lucy Grau. These concerts were made possible by a $100,000 Knight Foundation grant to expand the Noches Tropicales concert series from its home base at Tropical Park to other venues throughout the County and taking on the name of “Tropical Nights”. The Knight Foundation grant will also fund the upcoming Wyle Fyah concert at Goulds Park (March 7).
The Noches Tropicales concerts at Tropical Park are made possible by a $75,000 grant from Target. Upcoming concerts at Tropical Park will include Latin Grammy nominee Luisa Maria Guell (Dec. 6); Andy Harlow and Charanga Time (Feb. 14); and Tony Swing (April 4). Target is also sponsoring the upcoming Mantrap concert at Country Village Park (January 17).
Noches Tropicales and Tropical Nights are produced each year by Miami-Dade Parks to bring communities closer together through the presentation of culturally diverse entertainment that is free and enjoyable for families. Now in its eighth year, Noches Tropicales, inaugurated by Miami-Dade County Commissioner, Sen. Javier D. Souto, has showcased more than 28 evening concerts at Tropical Park that have included traditional Cuban contemporary music and zarzuelas, Argentinean tango, Brazilian Jazz, and a Spanish-language version of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet. More than 45,000 patrons have attended Noches Tropicales concerts over the years.
Tropical Park is located at 7900 SW 40 St., Miami. Noches Tropicales concert goers are encouraged to bring along a blanket, chairs and snacks to better enjoy the festivities. In the event of rain concerts may be cancelled. Concert performers are subject to change. For more information on Noches Tropicales/Tropical Nights concerts, call Vivian Greer Digon at 305-271-0812 or visit Miami-Dade County Parks on the web at www.miamidade.gov/parks. To stay up to date on all future events, like us on Facebook www.facebook.com/miamidadeparks; and follow us on Twitter @miamidadeparks. You can also see past events on our YouTube channel at www.youtube.com/user/miamidadeparks.
About the Miami-Dade County Parks, Recreation and Open Spaces Department
Nationally accredited, a three-time winner of the NRPA National Gold Medal Award, winner of the 2013 Florida Governor’s Sustained Excellence Award and the 2009 Florida Governor’s Sterling Award for excellence in management and operations, Miami-Dade County Parks is the third largest county park system in the United States, consisting of 260 parks and 12,825 acres of land. It is one of the most unique park and recreation systems in the world. Made up of more than just playgrounds and athletic fields, it also comprises out-of-school, sports-development, and summer-camp programs; programs for seniors and people with disabilities; educational nature centers and nature preserves; environmental restoration efforts; arts and culture programs and events; the renowned Zoo Miami and the Deering Estate at Cutler; the Crandon Tennis Center, home of the Sony Open; golf courses; beaches; marinas; campgrounds; pools; and more. For information about Miami-Dade County Parks call 3-1-1, or visit www.miamidade.gov/parks/.
Miami-Dade County Parks is supported by The Parks Foundation of Miami-Dade a non-profit 501(c)3 organization supporting the Miami-Dade County Parks, Recreation and Open Spaces Department’s efforts to further develop Miami-Dade County’s world-class parks system for residents and visitors. Its mission is to create a healthier, more livable and sustainable Miami community by ensuring the implementation of the Parks Open Space Master Plan and the development of year-round park and recreation programs for local children, adults and people with disabilities. For more information on the Parks Foundation, please visit www.miamidade.gov/parks_foundation.