Ritmos Latinos: Cumbia, Merengue y Bachata At the Koubek Center’s Little Havana Social Club featuring Humberto Ibarra, the Puerta de Oro dance ensemble, and Los Pascual

MIAMI, May 4, 2022Little Havana Social Club at Miami Dade College’s (MDC) Koubek Center Presents Colombian percussionist, composer, singer, producer and arranger Humberto Ibarra y su Cumbia Mayor; the Colombian dance group from the Organización Cultural y Folclórica Puerta de Oro; and Los Pascual, a Dominican group, exponents of traditional merengue and bachata led by brothers Reylin and Oniver Pascual, with Venezuelan producer Mr. Pauer as DJ and emcee. The event begins at 8 p.m. Saturday, May 21.

Little Havana Social Club, a signature program of the Koubek Center, evokes the sounds and spirit of the fiesta de barrio with a contemporary Miami touch. Eclectic and cosmopolitan but rooted in tradition, this concert series celebrates a historic neighborhood while aiming to bring together a multi-generational audience from different backgrounds.

Ritmos Latinos, the next installment of Little Havana Social Club, will focus on the music and dance of Colombia and the Dominican Republic, showcasing a strong lineup of Miami-based artists.

The multi-talented Humberto Ibarra, a native of Barranquilla, Colombia, has impressive credits, having recorded and performed with artists such as Shakira, Ceelo Green, Joe Arroyo, and Christian Castro. On his first album, Un Nuevo Comienzo (2015), Ibarra blended Afro-Colombian and Afro-Cuban rhythms and jazz and featured top instrumentalists such as violinist Alfredo De La Fe and saxophonist Justo Almario. Since, Ibarra has released several singles, including “La Salsa y La Cumbia” (2019), in which he debuted as a singer, and “No me sueltes” (2020). Ibarra compiled the various singles in his most recent release, titled Renovado (2021).

The brothers Reylin and Oniver Pascual, sons of merengue típico (traditional merengue) singer Agapito Pascual, showed early on their gift for playing all the essential instruments in a merengue group — accordion, saxophone, tambora, güira, bass, and congas — and began their music careers while still barely teenagers, working with their father.

After settling in Miami in 2016, they organized Los Pascual, a group featuring Reylin on vocals and accordion, and Oniver on saxophone. With Los Pascual, the brothers have set out to update merengue típico by incorporating elements of bachata (a countryside Dominican ballad), vallenato, jazz, bossa nova, salsa, and urban music.

The Organización Cultural y Folclórica Puerta de Oro de Colombia was founded in Miami in 2008 by residents of South Florida eager to share the diversity and richness of Colombian folkloric music and dance. Complementing their lively performances of the most recognized traditional dances, such as the Cumbia, Bambuco, Currulao, Joropo Llanero, and Pilón Vallenato, Puerta de Oro de Colombia offers bilingual workshops in public libraries, educational centers, and universities in Miami-Dade.

Little Havana Social Club will be hosted by Mr. Pauer, the innovative Miami-based producer whose Electropico sound is a distinctive mix of Caribbean roots music and electronic dance grooves.

WHAT:   Little Havana Social Club – Ritmos Latinos

WHEN:   Saturday, May 21st, at 8 p.m.

WHERE:  Koubek Center – 2705 SW 3rd St

TICKETS: $15 online in advance, $20 at the door

Outdoor event – Free Parking

Info: www.koubekcenter.org

The Koubek Center
A South Florida landmark with a long and rich history as a cultural hub, The Koubek Center is dedicated to building community through the arts. Over the past several decades, the Center has offered a variety of activities, including workshops, art exhibitions, theater performances, literary readings, and concerts. It is a place for artists and local arts organizations to explore and experiment, engage in collaborations and share their work with the community. The Koubek Center includes a 200-seat theater, an expansive garden, classrooms, rehearsal, and multi-use spaces. Built in 1929 by Austrian trader John J. Koubek as a gift to his wife, it was later donated to the University of Miami and acquired by Miami Dade College in 2011.