Season of the Arts

The top 10 Latin and world music performances to see in South Florida

Pop rockers Maná play Oct. 29 at AmericanAirlines Arena in Miami
Pop rockers Maná play Oct. 29 at AmericanAirlines Arena in Miami

1. Draco Rosa: Lo Sagrado y Lo Maldito Tour — After surviving drug addiction and cancer, this darkly introspective, rebellious rocker and songwriter has mellowed, but he's still a compelling and powerful performer. Sept. 15 at the Fillmore Miami Beach.

2. Buika —The supremely soulful Spanish flamenco/jazz/ballad singer has added gritty blues and reggae swing to her indefinable fusion. Oct. 8 at the Fillmore Miami Beach.

3. Mana: Latino Power Tour — This Mexican rock-pop-reggae band, the U2 of Latin music, is still going strong after 30 years. Expect even more of their usual outspokenness on social topics, from ecological issues to immigration, in an election season. Oct. 29 at the AmericanAirlines Arena in Miami

4. Seu Jorge presents The Life Aquatic: A Tribute to David Bowie — The idiosyncratic Brazilian songwriter and art-rocker in a theatrical presentation of his score to filmmaker Wes Anderson's "The Life Aquatic," whose cult status derives in part from his sinuous renditions of David Bowie hits. Pricey, but in this plush, intimate venue, it should be magical. Presented by the Rhythm Foundation Nov. 4 at the Faena Hotel Miami Beach.

5. Big Night in Little Haiti: Roots Festival — The Rhythm Foundation joins forces with the Rasin Festival to bring back its beloved monthly Haitian dance and community party as an annual festival featuring famed voudou rock and roots band RAM; the female rara group Rara Fanm; techno-rara DJ Gardy Girault and more. Nov. 5 at the Little Haiti Cultural Center in Miami.

6. La Santa Cecilia — This irrepressible L.A.-based band mixes exuberant Mexican roots music with sharp American pop and rock, led by powerhouse vocalist La Marisoul. Presented by the University of Miami's Festival Miami. Jan. 27 at UM Gusman Concert Hall in Coral Gables.

7. Emily Estefan — The singer-songwriter daughter of Miami musical heroes Gloria and Emilio Estefan steps out with original songs and unusual covers. Feb. 2 at UM Gusman Concert Hall in Coral Gables for the University of Miami's Festival Miami.

8. Axis of Love concert series — A welcome response to paranoid times, this Rhythm Foundation series features intimate concerts of "beautiful music from hard places" in the Middle East and North Africa. The virtuoso artists are Ballake Sissoko and Vincent Segal, playing Malian kora and cello, on March 5; Riyaaz Qawwali on March 12, and Egypt's Tarek Abdallah and adel Shams el Din on March 26, all at the North Beach Bandshell on Miami Beach.

9. Maria Rita — One of the biggest stars of a new generation of Brazilian musicians, the daughter of Elis Regina burst onto the scene in 2003, and is known for her warm, gorgeous timbre and soaring range. Presented by MDC Live Arts March 18 at the Olympia Theater in Miami.

10. Buckwheat Zydeco & The Dirty Dozen Brass Band — An irresistible double bill of good time New Orleans music, with accordion-driven zydeco and bluesy brass funk. On March 24 at the Broward Center in Fort Lauderdale and March 25 at the South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center' Slam! beer and music backyard festival.

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