Afrobetaâ€™s front woman, Cristina "Cuci Amador" Garcia, takes the stage at Transit Lounge in a red sequined dress, glittery zebra pumps and bright, red lips. With a nod to sound mastermind Tony Smurphio, Amador leads her legions through what can only be described as a blend of 80s alternative- electro-disco pop -something -otherness which renders it impossible to pigeonhole Afrobetaâ€™s genre.
Well, almost anyone. â€œWe are folk-not as in, techno rural ravers,â€ laughs Amador. â€œThatâ€™s our new genre.â€
Amador, a Miami native, credits her time at FSU as the genesis of her musical style.
â€œAfter high school I was prime to get out,â€ recalls Amador. â€œI wanted something new, live music acts, a college town. I grew so much. I returned to Miami completely different.â€
Back on stage, she vigorously dances with a tambourine in hand, mascara running, and sings original songs about secret love or underground sounds which at times, is intermingled with old familiar riffs. And somehow, it all gels.
â€œWhen we are on stage, it feels like a celebration,â€ says Amador. â€œWe are as honest as possible, and the audience returns the positivity. Itâ€™s a reciprocal relationship.â€
Amador credits artists as diametrically opposed as Tori Amos, Nancy Wilson and Bjork as her musical influences. â€œI admire people who tell a story through their music,â€ explains Amador. â€œI wish to be known as a female singer/songwriter, storyteller and actor.â€
These arenâ€™t lofty goals for Afrobeta. With a label deal well on its way, a big announcement is soon expected.
Stay tuned to their blog at www.afrobetalovesyou.blogspot.com or www.myspace.com/afrobeta for more information.