It’s Haitian Heritage Month and we want to show some love to a genre that’s near and dear to the more than 80,000 Haitian Americans living in the 305 and beyond–konpa.
Over the years modern artists have incorporated some electronic sounds into the mix, but the heart of konpa has never strayed too far from the original flavor.
Here’s a quick breakdown on konpa music:
THE NAME: It originates from the French phrase compas direct, which literally translates to direct compass. But in Creole it’s known as konpa or kompa.
HOW LONG IT’S BEEN AROUND: It originated in Haiti in the 1950s.
THE SOUND: It’s like merengue, but has its roots in African drums and big bands with horns blaring.
WHERE TO CHECK IT OUT: This Saturday is the Haitian Compas Festival at Mana Wynwood and you can find all the details here. There are also parties at Cafe Iguana and the Little Haiti Cultural Center starting tomorrow night, so you’ll have plenty of chances to check out some konpa music.
Still curious about konpa? Check out this Spotify playlist we put together. If we missed one of your favorite songs, hit reply to tell us the name and artist and we’ll add it to the list!
Yesterday, in honor of the beginning of the holy month of Ramadan, we shared info on several iftars open to the public over the next month. Today, we have some new info.
The date for the open house iftar at Masjid Al-Ansar (5245 NW 7th Avenue, Miami) has changed – it’s now Wednesday, May 30. It’s still at 7:30 p.m. (Thanks to Catherine Houlihan for letting us know!)
There’s another iftar open to the public on May 30 with MDC Live Arts. Find more details here. (Thanks to Monica Rodriguez for letting us know!)
We goofed on the address for the May 23 iftar at the Islamic School of Miami at Al Noor Mosque. It is at 11699 SW 147th Avenue in Kendall. (Thank you to Tracey Burger for catching that!)
Ramadan Kareem, friends.
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It’s just God’s Plan. Drake is coming back to the 305, this time to perform at the American Airlines arena on Sept. 21 and 22, and tickets go on sale mañana. Now you know. (Miami.com)
Baby steps. Miami-Dade County has taken an important step toward addressing our affordability crisis. The commission has passed a law requiring that businesses renting space from the county must pay their employees a living wage, or $15 an hour. That new law applies to shops and restaurants at places like Miami International Airport and PortMiami, meaning that tens of thousands of employees could potentially be affected. But it will take a while for it to kick in, because there are some exemptions and it only applies to new leases and lease renewals. Plus, Mayor Carlos Gimenez could still veto it sometime in the next few days. (Miami Herald)
Check your work. Eating local is all the rage these days as a way of eating more sustainably. But be careful what you fish for – Stiltsville Fish Bar’s “fish local” efforts caught a “shimmering permit,” a popular, coveted game fish that never goes on menus. Local fishermen caught on fast and called the owners out. But there is one way you can eat the local wildlife without upsetting anyone. Here are five local invasive species that everyone will be super happy you caught and cooked. (Miami Herald)
How about #campaignlikeyoulivehere? Last night was supposed to be one of the most important debates for the Miami-Dade County Commission District 5 race. But only one of the four candidates – Eileen Higgins – actually showed up to speak to the voters. (Facebook)
Hosting a little experiment. Airbnb’s long been criticized for allowing its platform to be influenced by racism, with black guests getting fewer offers to host and black hosts getting fewer requests for hosting. So the home-sharing company partnered up with the NAACP, who is helping them recruit more black users – and they’re bringing the pilot program to Miami Gardens and Little Haiti first. (Miami Herald)
Bonus points. Your Amazon Prime membership just got a little bit more awesome if you live in Florida. As of yesterday, Prime members in the state get an additional 10 percent off Whole Foods sale items. But when are we getting Prime Now delivery? (CNBC)
Take that, FPL. FPL charged customers $316.5 million for the costs of restoring power and repairing infrastructure after Hurricane Matthew in 2016. Turns out it way overestimated the costs of that, and now it says it will refund us $27.7 million. No final word yet on the Irma price tag, though – and we bet that one is going to be a doozy. (Miami Herald)
About time. Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi has sued major manufacturers and distributors of opioids for their role in creating the opioid crisis that has killed more than 10,000 Floridians. Hundreds of cities, counties and states have already filed similar lawsuits. While Bondi has been criticized for taking so long to jump on the bandwagon, she says it’s the “most comprehensive lawsuit in the country.” (Miami Herald)
Innovating for Good | Inspire305 Panel Discussion Join local movers & shakers at WeWork May 31 from 6-8 pm. Hear from innovative businesses and organizations doing amazing things in Miami.
🍛 5/18: Enjoy an Indian feast at Shabbat at the Yard (Wynwood)
🌽 5/20 Stock up on fruits and veggies from local farmers at the Yard (Wynwood)
THURSDAY, MAY 17
🇭🇹 Take it down a notch at Compas Fest Unplugged (Little Haiti)
📚A night with Michael Ondaatje, author of “The English Patient” (Coral Gables)
🎻 Nu Deco Ensemble performs Outkast at its season finale – through Saturday; old out! (Wynwood)
🇫🇷 Catch a French film at the WALLCAST (South Beach)
🤣 Say “hola” to the Peñas – ¿Qué Pasa USA? is back – Through May 26 (Downtown)
FRIDAY, MAY 18
🇭🇹 Jam with “Sweet Micky” at the Flag Day edition of Sounds of Little Haiti (Little Haiti)
🎥 Catch a doc recounting the life of Basquiat (Wynwood)
SATURDAY, MAY 19
🏃Get your runner’s high on with Equinox and PAMM (Downtown)
🏄 Hop on a paddleboard and work up a sweat at Paddletopia – Through Sunday (Surfside)
✋Say “no” to offshore drilling at Hands Across the Sand (South Beach)
SUNDAY, MAY 20
🚲 Learn about iconic Gables architecture by bike (Coral Gables)
🍤 Take a detour to Nola with a crawfish boil (South Beach)
🎵 Chill with some classic records and PBR (Little Haiti)
50 years ago in 1968, Miami hosted the East Coast’s first rock festival: the Miami Pop Festival at Gulfstream Park. The short-lived festival (it only happened twice) is credited with inspiring Woodstock. Here’s Jimi Hendrix rocking out on stage at the first Pop Festival. Other artists included Fleetwood Mac, Frank Zappa, and the Grateful Dead.
Wanna see more iconic moments? Check out the Miami Pop Festival exhibition opening party at HistoryMiami tomorrow night and stay tuned to our Instagram account for a ticket giveaway. Missed your chance? Buy tickets here.
And if that’s not enough, there are these photos of Pitbull before he was famous. The photo of him throwing up a 305 sign in a Heat jersey is proof that he was Mr. 305 before we knew him as anything more than Armando Pérez.
That’s all for today. We’ll catch you mañana.