Miami Light Project and FUNDarte Present

Global Cuba Fest 2018

Omar Sosa & Sekou Keita – Transparent Water

March 17, 2018
Saturday at 8:00PM

The Light Box at Goldman Warehouse | 404 NW 26th Street | Wynwood

Omar Sosa’s latest project, Transparent Water is a perfect example of Omar Sosa’s transcendent determination to seek new combinations. Joined by Ovalles and Keita, who has recently won the Songlines Best Album Award 2016 for Africa & Middle East for his latest solo album 22 Strings, this project is a manifestation of improvisatory freedom wherein the musical destination is second to the joy of shared artistic expression.

Eventbrite - Global Cuba Fest 2018 - Omar Sosa in Concert

“… a player with a beautiful, elegant touch and an original, pan-African sound that connects his Afro-Cuban roots with a broad range of genres and styles, from North African music to hip-hop.”

The Miami Herald


Composer-pianist-bandleader Omar Sosa was born in 1965 in Camagüey, Cuba’s largest inland city. At age eight, Omar began studying percussion and marimba at the music conservatory in Camagüey; in Havana, as a teenager, he took up piano at the prestigious Escuela Nacional de Música, and completed his formal education at the Instituto Superior de Arte in Havana. Among his influences, Omar cites traditional Afro-Cuban music, European classical composers (including Chopin, Bartok, and Satie), Monk, Coltrane, Parker, Oscar Peterson, Herbie Hancock, Chick Corea, Keith Jarrett, Chucho Valdés, and the pioneering Cuban jazz group Irakere. Moving in 1993 to Ecuador, Omar immersed himself in the folkloric traditions of Esmeraldas, the northwest coast region whose African heritage includes the distinctive marimba tradition. He relocated to the San Francisco Bay Area in 1995, and soon invigorated the Latin jazz scene with his adventurous writing and percussive style.