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.
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”.
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.
Tropical Park is located at 7900 SW 40 St., Miami.