A Very Miami Christmas: ¡Mayday!, Afrobeta

Traditionally, "mayday" is an attention grabbing distress signal, so, it's no wonder that the Miami-based hip-hop group ¡MAYDAY! is generating a sound way too strong for anyone to tune out.

Starting out as a 2-man project ¡MAYDAY! has since evolved into a full-fledged 6-man band with a buzz so loud that it came to the attention of hip-hop mogul Lil' Wayne who had to stop and take notice. He invited the band, which consists of MCs Bernz and Wrekonize, producer/guitarist Plex Luthor, bassist/keyboardist Gianni Ca$h, drummer L.T. Hopkins and percussionist NonMS, to be his on-screen band in 3 of his videos ("Get A Life," "Da Da Da," and "On Fire"), had them perform at his 2010 Super Bowl party, and then gave them the ultimate high-five by wearing a ¡MAYDAY! t-shirt in his "Get A Life" video and proclaiming himself the next member of the band. It doesn't stop with Lil Wayne – as the #1 indie rapper alive, Tech N9ne quickly signed the band to his Strange Music label. So far, the relationship has proved fruitful. The band completed two US Strange Music tours, including the record breaking 90 shows in 99 days Hostile Takeover tour with Tech and Machine Gun Kelly; produced the entire Tech N9ne Klusterfuk EP which hit #1 on the indie Billboard charts; released their Billboard top 100 charting Strange debut album, Take Me To Your Leader, and most recently, released their new EP, Thirft Store Halos, which quickly hit #3 on the iTunes Hip-Hop charts on the first day of release. Numerous platinum and buzz-worthy artists and producers such as Cee-Lo, David Banner, Black Thought (The Roots), SpaceGhostPurrp, NORE, Jim Jonsin (TI, Lil' Wayne, Kid Cudi), Ace Hood and more have stepped up to work with the ¡MAYDAY! crew.

¡MAYDAY!'s distinctive fusion of urban and alt.rock is pushing the boundaries of music as they flex their muscles in areas of funk that hip-hop has yet to explore. Their attention to detail (they write, arrange, mix and produce all the music themselves) and explosive live show is impossible to ignore. Miami Magazine said of their performance: "¡MAYDAY!'s musical mash-up fuels both its frenzied live shows and a new album that oozes Miami cool." ¡MAYDAY!'s signature style has already caught the ear of media outlets like MTV, XXL, RapRadar, HipHopDX, 2DopeBoyz and more, and as DJ Khaled proclaimed: "¡MAYDAY! is headed to the top floor."

After premiering the video for their Cee-Lo assisted single "Groundhog Day" on Youtube, the clip achieved a record-breaking 2 million plus views in less than two days and garnered attention from The New York Times, ABC World News Tonight, NBC 6 Evening News and Inside Edition. Later that year "Groundhog Day" was featured on HBO's Entourage. Other songs including "Watching Me" from ¡MAYDAY!'s debut album, have been used in video games (NBA Street Homecourt 2007) and television, including Stuck on an Island's "On 2 Somth'n" which was featured in ABC Family's popular show Lincoln Heights.

¡MAYDAY! has long been a force in the Miami underground scene. Live ¡MAYDAY! puts on an impressive show with a exhilarating party vibe. The Miami Herald said ¡MAYDAY! "…captures the electric excitement of a city on the verge of a breakthrough" and the Miami New Times called them "…one of Miami's hardest-hitting bands." After the release of their self-titled debut album, URB Magazine placed ¡MAYDAY! In their next 20 Artists to Watch and MTV chose them as one of the Freshmen Five giving them opportunities to travel the US performing to packed houses with a spectrum of artists ranging from Daft Punk to Big Boi to Method Man and Goodie Mob.

¡MAYDAY! is a band that fits right in, but their sound is different. It's live, hard-hitting, future brand of music posted up somewhere between rock and a hard place, strangely familiar, yet brand new.

Miami's avant-dance duo Afrobeta have been tearing up dancefloors in their hometown since 2006 with Miami New Times even naming them Best Band in 2010. After the success of their 2010 debut EP, Do You Party?, the band released their debut album "Under The Streets."

Cuci Amador and Smurphio formed Afrobeta in 2006 as a means to attain an ultimate form of artistic self-expression. Their mutual love of classic songwriting, Cuban pastries and dancing till 5am inspired them to make music together.

Afrobeta's unique (and diverse) sound transcends genre classifications. Cuci's rapid-fire delivery, combined with Smurphio's funky synths and head bopping basslines, will keep you moving from start to finish on their 13-track album featuring its first single "Play House". The single, along with music video by Dutch director Ruben Van Leer and remixes by International renowned producers--Larry Tee, Alexander Technique and Junior Sanchez. You can grab the album and remixes on itunes, Beatport and Amazon.com.

Since 2010 Afrobeta has taken their joyous beats and dazzling live shows across the nation and abroad! Performing at the 40th Anniversary Glastonbury Festival of Contemporary Performing Arts, Burning Man, Fall Fashion week in New York, Ultra Brazil, Space Ibiza Camp Bisco and Identity Festival – A 20+ city Summer Tour. The band has rocked alongside Ghostland Observatory, Bassnectar, Orbital, Booka Shade, The Crystal Method, Hercules and Love Affair, Annie Mac, Diplo, Holy Ghost!, Trentemoller, NERO, Kaskade, Bloody Beetroots and Fake Blood.

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