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Yotuel Romero, writer, singer and two-time Grammy winner of ‘Patria y Vida’, named King of Carnival Miami 2022

The Kiwanis Club of Little Havana has named Yotuel Romero as the Official King of Carnival Miami 2022. As part of the 2022 festivities, the Cuban-born, Grammy-winning urban artist will perform on stage at the Kiwanis Club of Little Havana. (located at SW 8 St. and SW 22 Ave.) during the Calle Ocho Music Festival (El Festival de la Calle Ocho) on Sunday, March 13.

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“We are thrilled to announce Yotuel as the King of Carnival Miami 2022 and are honored to have him on stage at the Calle Ocho Music Festival,” said Alexander Perez, president of the Kiwanis Club of Little Havana. “‘Patria y Vida’ has become an anthem that has fueled a movement of expression through music and art for the Cuban people and there is no better place than Calle Ocho Music Festival to continue to elevate the message.”

The singer, artist and model of Cuban origin is a pioneer of his art. Composer and record producer, the trendsetter, known for mixing Afro-Cuban genres like rumba with hip hop, is not new to the music scene, although his hit song, “Patria y Vida” ( Spanish for “Fatherland and Life”), released in February 2021, propelled his career and served as a battle cry for the #SOSCubaMovement. The instantly iconic song won Best Urban Song and Song of the Year at the 2021 Latin Grammy Awards.

“I am honored to have been chosen as the king of Carnival Miami 2022,” said Yotuel Romero. “This festival has a long tradition of recognizing pillars of South Florida’s Latin community and being named among other Cuban musical icons like Celia Cruz (1984), Gloria Estefan (1988) and Willy Chirino (1993) is truly humiliating. I look forward to celebrating the return of Calle Ocho and appreciate the opportunity to further amplify the voice of the Cuban people and their plight for a free Cuba.

Little Havana’s Carnival Miami Kiwanis Club and signature events return in person with Carnival on the Mile taking place March 5-6 and culminating in the Calle Ocho Music Festival, taking place March 13.

“Carnival Miami brings together the Latin community of South Florida and beyond, celebrating our cultural heritage through music, food and family. I hope this year’s return to in-person events will mark a true celebration for our community.

Sponsors of the 2022 Carnival Miami festivities include Bacardi, Official Spirits of Carnival on the Mile, Lowe’s, Official Festival Home Improvement Store Calle Ocho, Amerant Bank, Presenting Sponsor of the Miami Carnival Golf Tournament, Telemundo, Univision, Palma, and more. .

For more information on Carnival Miami and upcoming events, please visit

About the Kiwanis Club of Little Havana

Kiwanis of Little Havana, an affiliate of Kiwanis International, is a global nonprofit organization of volunteers dedicated to serving children and families in their community. Founded in 1975 and armed with powerful vision and perseverance, the Little Havana Chapter is known for its advanced fundraising initiatives aimed at cultivating and amplifying the region’s rich cultural heritage, Latin flavors and traditions. families through Carnival Miami and its flagship events, Carnival on the Mile Music Festival and Calle Ocho. Through its charitable arm, the Kiwanis Foundation of Little Havana, the organization impacts thousands of families each year with youth and community development programs including vacations, hunger, university scholarships, summer camps for young people, back to school, sports for young people and many more.

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