HEINEKEN TRANSATLANTIC FESTIVAL was created in 2003 by The Rhythm Foundation, a Miami Beach-based non-profit cultural organization. The Festival explores modern world music from the great cities of the Atlantic rim – Europe, Africa, Brazil, Argentina, the Caribbean, NYC, and features artists working in the beautiful collision between traditional rhythms and electronica/DJ culture. The series pays tribute to Miami as a true modern TransAtlantic capital, a crossroads of the Americas and Europe. The Festival has been named “Best Festival” by the New Times Best of Miami, along with other awards.
Heineken TransAtlantic Festival highlights to date:
Seu Jorge, Nouvelle Vague*, Bajofondo**, Bossacucanova, DJ Da Lua, Chambao**, Supervielle, Juana Molina, Ojos de Brujo, Aterciopelados, Amadou and Mariam*, Mariza**, Sidestepper, The Pinker Tones*, Medeski Martin and Wood, Antibalas Afrobeat Orchestra, Seun Kuti and Egypt 80, Quantic Sound System, The Budos Band*, Pedrito Martinez Quartet*, Ceu**, Nortec Collective, Tinariwen*, Zero 7*, Marita Rita*, Orquestra Contemporanea de Olinda*, Karsh Kale*, Curumin*, Ximena Sarinana* and many others.
Some of the best locally-based artists at the core of the new sound of Miami have also been featured: Locos por Juana, Agape, Suenalo Sound System, DJ Le Spam and the Spam Allstars, Tango Conspiracy, Mr Pauer. The Heineken TransAtlantic Festival also features film screenings such as an Emmy Award-winning Manu Chao documentary and the indescribable feature One Giant Leap.