The photos above are some of my favorite images from last Friday night at Habana 305 when EL B rocked the house. The Cuban-born rapper was there to promote his new album, "Luz" ("Light" in Spanish). EL B said during the One Question Interview, that plans are underway to embark on a tour through the U.S. and Latin America to promote the album, but nothing has been set yet. His fans and I cannot wait for the tour.
There were three things that I took away from EL B's show at Habana 305:
- EL B and the Fans
- Habana 305
- The Lighting
EL B and the Fans
Before, during and after the show there was so much love given by EL B to the fans and vice versa. It was obvious to me that he is (and was) very thankful and grateful for what he has and being able to share his gift with his fans. Despite the fact he's over six-feet-tall, he's very approachable and a gentleman. Fans were able to chat with him, laugh with him and pose for pictures with him.
During the show, the crowd soaked up his music like a sponge and playfully interacted with him. They followed along with him as he rapped to his songs, word for word. They surrounded the stage, grooved to his beats and the majority of them had their smartphones out recording his show both in photos and in video.
EL B is an amazing talent and an awesome rapper. In short, the man was spitting fire with his words. What I found very interesting was how he prepared for his show. Just minutes before he stepped out on stage, he stood quietly in one corner with his head down and focused his energy on what he had to do (see above image).
Now I'm a big romantic at heart but I thought it was so sweet that his DJ was his wife, Lyda. He stated in the show that his wife inspires his musical creations. They even shared a kiss during the show which the audience reacted positively.
EL B is very humble and gracious and that was very prevalent because he expressed his gratitude throughout the show. Once the show was done he stuck around to mingle with the crowd like the host of a party. He signed autographs, posed for pictures and even had a fan rap to him about how he finds EL B motivating.
Habana 305 can be located in the heart of Miami's Little Havana on the world famous Calle Ocho (8th Street) is where you'll find this very intimate club. The property is not very big like Ball and Chain, in comparison, but it's also very unassuming. The location has a stage since it houses the finest Latin American musical artists as well as it offers both indoor and outdoor seating. If you're hungry, Habana 305 serves tapas and has a full bar. But overall, the club has a nice, intimate ambiance and when there's a show, you can get right up close and personal with the artist. That alone enhances the intimacy between artist and fan, making the performance that much more personal and memorable.
The big thing I took away from the EL B performance was the great lighting Habana 305 had. Again, the venue is small and cozy but it provided good quality lighting which made my job a little bit easier. I've had the pleasure of photographing a variety of musical artists during my time here in Miami. Some places didn't have the best possible lighting set up for music (some none at all), but there have been others that has the lighting equation solved. Habana 305 is one of those venues that has got it right. I'm excited to see what other performers are scheduled to perform at Habana 305.