The Brickell City Centre and the South Florida People of Color present “Diversity of the African Diaspora,” a cultural celebration presented for Black History Month. All of the Black cultures represented in Miami, whether Bahamian, Jamaican, Haitian, Cuban or American, carry elements of African traditions. Each week will feature performances celebrating the vibrant musical cultures that are a part of our South Florida community.

FRIDAY 02|04 - LaVie

LaVie was born on June 13, 1983, in Miami, Florida, Charline. She was raised by her Haitian immigrant parents along with her brother and two sisters. LaVie discovered her love for music at a young age, to which she recalls, “My sister Sandrine and I use to watch Whitney Houston videos on VHS and sing into my mother’s hair brushes”. Now she herself is a proud parent of a teenage daughter and identical twin boys, who also have a great love for music. With such a becoming name, “La Vie,” which in French means “The Life,” she uses her music as a vehicle to encourage and empower all people to seek out and experience “the life” that God intends for all to have!

R.S.V.P.  |  6:00PM - Level 2, Garden Deck  |  Hosted By: Mo Beasley  |  Music By: DJ ReRe

FRIDAY 02|11 - Othello Molineaux

Born in a family of musicians, his mother being a piano teacher and his father playing the violin, he learned the piano very young, and at the age of eleven began to play the steelpan. He left Trinidad in 1969 and began a career as a pianist, while continuing to play the steelpan. It is with his group mixing steelpan and conventional instruments that he moved to Miami in 1971. There he met bassist Jaco Pastorius and played in 1976 on his first album, which allowed him to appear on the jazz-rock scene.

R.S.V.P.  |  6:00PM - Level 2, Garden Deck

FRIDAY 02|18 - Leesa Richards

Singer-Songwriter Leesa Richards is a storyteller, a soulful voice offering a soundtrack to the narratives of life. Her sound taps into the deep roots of R&B, the poetry of jazz and folk and the energy of rock. Her debut solo album, Mother’s Child, is a beautiful organic blend exploring love and loss. As a part of Miami’s vibrant music scene, she’s helping to shape and define its evolving sound.

R.S.V.P.  |  6:00PM - Level 2, Garden Deck

FRIDAY 02|25 - Marisol Blanco & Sikan Afrocuban Dance Project

Marisol Blanco studied dance (specializing in folkloric dance) at the prestigious Instituto Superior de Arte in Havana, Cuba and later was a dance teacher/choreographer at the Escuela Nacional de Arte. Marisol was also a dancer and percussionist with Obbini Bata, Cuba's first all female dance and percussion group, performing in Havana's most famous venues. In 2008, Marisol left Cuba for Miami, Florida and began teaching AfroCuban dance classes and performing with various groups.

R.S.V.P.  |  6:00PM - Level 2, Garden Deck

FRIDAY 02|25 - E.L.E.M.E.N.T.S.

E.L.E.M.E.N.T.S. stands for “Epically Levitating Every Minds Eye Neatly Through Sound.” E.L.E.M.E.N.T.S. is a R&B, Hip Hop band out of Miami. From its inception this dynamic group of musicians and art curators have been focused on providing invigorating sounds infused with various genres of music. E.L.E.M.E.N.T.S. has a unique sound that is R&B based and permeated with Soul, Funk, Jazz, Rock and Hip Hop. E.L.E.M.E.N.T.S. is dedicated to the progression of culture and art by using its immense sound and infectious melodies to impact their audiences and the world.

R.S.V.P.  |  6:00PM - Level 2, Garden Deck