Miami, August 22, 2022 – Kaylan Arnold, Bri La Pelua and, The water, bring their diverse musical styles, roots and personal stories to the stage for the second Caribbean Women Concert at Miami Dade College‘s (MDC) Center of Koubek on Saturday, September 17 at 8 p.m.
“We are very excited about this show. The musical styles of this second edition are very different from those we presented last year and Kaylan, Briand The water are very talented young artists who deserve to be heard,” said program manager Belen Castres White.
Created in 2021, the program was born during the pandemic with the idea of giving female musicians and composers from the Caribbean or of Caribbean descent opportunities to showcase their talent and bring together different communities.
Singer, songwriter, producer and instrumentalist Kaylan Arnold is a South Florida of Belizean and Haitian descent. His music is an original mix of his influences – reggae, jazz and hip-hop – while his lyrics address important issues such as self-esteem, greed, love in danger, gratitude and corruption. Music is a vehicle for Kaylan for the changes she wants to see. Her debut single debuted on the iTunes World Reggae Chart, and each of her releases has since charted in the iTunes Top 100. His first album, Hydrateis now available on all streaming platforms.
Born in San Juan, Puerto Rico, Bri La Pelua stands out for his voice, his energy and his particular way of playing the cajón.
“My main instrument is the piano,” she says. “I started when I was six years old. But in 2011 I started playing cajon by ear, and today, I am the singer and the percussionist of my group.
Influenced by traditional Puerto Rican genres, such as bomba and plenabut also rumba and reggaeton, she plays classics such as “La Negra Tiene Tumbao” and “Con Altura”, as well as her own songs “Ay Papá”, “Eres Mujer” and “Este Corazón”.
Graduated from the University of Côte d’Azur, France, with a degree in psychology, The water brings his training to a personal musical style that includes elements of R&B, soul, jazz and even “a bit of Haitian Konpa”.
She will be at Caribbean Women accompanied by a trio of guitar, bass and drums.
“Having studied psychology helped me realize things about myself, and in turn, that helped me learn to put my emotions into my music,” she said. “It’s essential to my writing process, but also to be aware of what’s going on around me and feed off the energy of the audience.”
She enjoys different genres of music, but mostly relates to R&B, soul and blues, including Adele, Sam Smith, Daniel Caesar, Rihanna and HER, among others.
What: Concert Women of the Caribbean
When: Saturday, September 17, at 8 p.m.
Where: Koubek Center, Theater
2705 SO 3rd St.
Tickets: Tickets are $15 each
About the Koubek Center
A South Florida landmark with a long and storied history as a cultural center, the Koubek Center is dedicated to building community through the arts. Over the past decades, the Center has offered a variety of activities, including workshops, art exhibitions, theater performances, literary readings and concerts. It’s a place where local artists and arts organizations can explore and experiment, engage in collaborations, and share their work with the community. The Koubek Center includes a 200-seat theatre, a large garden, classrooms and rehearsal and multipurpose spaces. Built in 1929 by Austrian merchant John J. Koubek as a gift to his wife, it was later donated to the University of Miami and acquired by Miami Dade College in 2011. For more information, visit www.koubekcenter.org.
Miami Dade College is an equal access/equal opportunity institution that does not discriminate on the basis of sex, race, color, marital status, age, religion, national origin , disability, veteran status, ethnic origin, pregnancy, sexual orientation or genetic information. Additional information may be obtained by contacting the College’s Equity Officer: Dr. Joy C. Ruff, at (305) 237-2577 (voice) or 711 (relay service). [email protected]