What is Afrobeta? Vegetable? Mineral? Animal? Or something else entirely? Recent studies suggest Afrobeta is Cuci Amador and Tony Smurphio. Astute Afrobeta-watchers can recognize Cuci by her sultry voice, swinging hips, and colorful plumage; and Smurphio by his frenetic fingers, booty basslines, and impressive towering mane. Afrobeta were first discovered in 2006 in the tropical monsoon environs of Miami, where Smurphio had been playing keyboards with the likes of Suenalo, Bacilos and Pitbull, and Cuci had been acting in independent films and commercials and singing with electro-acoustic outfit OrganicArma. The two music lovers’ chance meeting at a Suenalo concert led to instant friendship and late-night/early-morning songwriting sessions, and with these songs, Miami songs, full of funky synths, skittering beats, infectious melodies, and bilingual seduction, Afrobeta was born.
After 2006, Afrobeta’s chronology becomes hectic. 2007They perform a slew of epic, outrageous live shows throughout Miami, garnering a Miami New Times Reader’s Poll Best Electronic Artist award in their first year together. 2008They are named Miami New Times’ Best Local Songwriters; they win a MySpace Latino sponsorship, landing a slot at the Unsigned Artists Showcase at the Latin Alternative Music Conference; and Cuci sings and co-writes on the Calle 13 single “Electro Movimiento” (and also guest-stars in its music video), which is nominated for Video Of The Year at the MTV Latin Video Music Awards and reaches number 11 on the U.S. Billboard Latin Rhythm charts. “Electro Movimiento” becomes the hottest single from the Calle 13 album Los De Atras Vienen Conmigo, which won 8 Grammy Awards at the 10th Annual Latin Grammys. 2009They win the Miami New Times Battle of the Bands, play the Ultra Music Festival, release the 13-minute Afrobeta Mixtape, embark on a weeklong tour of California, premiere their video for “Land of Lost Lovers” at the Borscht Film Festival, and sign with Ultra Music Festival co-founder Do It! Entertainment. Impossible? Perhaps . . . and yet leading scientists warn of even more impending Afrobeta activity in 2010, in particular the release of their debut Album and playing at the two biggest music festivals in the galaxy, the UK’s Glastonbury Festival of Contemporary Performing Arts 40th Year Anniversary and the 12th Annual Ultra Music Festival. What is Afrobeta? “Electro ghetto funk,” says Miami Nights. “A spunky two-person electro jam band,” says 944 Magazine. “Miami Sound Machine, but indie, and better,” says Miami New Times. “A Cuban-American Electro Funk musical band,” says Wikipedia, which leading scientists warn is not to be trusted for accuracy. What is Afrobeta? Why don’t you see for yourselfonline, on record, in their native habitat, the disco-lit stages and dance floors of Miami at night. Noted experts recommend at least three servings of Afrobeta a week. Don’t ignore the experts. Listen to Afrobeta. Get involved.
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