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Will Smith gets down to a Latin beat

Partying at El Tucan from left to right are Mr.Hospitality CEO, Mathieu Riccard; Will Smith; Violet Camacho; and Mr.Hospitality COO Michael Ridard.
Partying at El Tucan from left to right are Mr.Hospitality CEO, Mathieu Riccard; Will Smith; Violet Camacho; and Mr.Hospitality COO Michael Ridard. HANDOUT

Will Smith was spotted dining and giving an impromptu performance Thursday at the newly opened El Tucán Miami. Smith was joined by his biz partner, producer James Lassiter, and friend Violet Camacho. El Tucán’s emcee, Travis Benton, gave a not-so-subtle nod to Smith by saying he felt like a “Fresh Prince,” which made the actor smile.

Shortly after, the supper club’s jazz performer Jahzel Dotel got on stage quoting Smith’s homage to the Magic City, saying “Bienvenidos a Miami.” Smith smiled again, but it was only when Dotel mentioned she was thirsty that Smith stood up and brought a glass of water to the stage, revealing his identity to the packed crowd. Smith, we’re told, seemed fascinated by Dotel, who joined the Concussion actor’s table shortly after her performance.

Although Smith was not imbibing, the neighboring table sent his pals complimentary glasses of cognac. Once Marlow Rosado & The Tucán Band took the stage, Smith joined in on the dance floor before getting the crowd going as he jumped on stage and started freestyling to Latin beats alongside Grammy Award-winning producer/performer Rosado, who leads the venue’s 11-piece band. Once the show ended, Smith went backstage, where he offered to take pictures with every cast member.

This may be the start of something: The AP reports Smith is set to perform at the Latin Grammy Awards in Las Vegas next month. He’ll join Colombian band Bomba Estereo onstage for their remix of Fiesta. Smith and the group released the remix earlier this month.

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