‘PATRIA Y VIDA’ WRITER, SINGER AND TWO-TIME GRAMMY-AWARD WINNER YOTUEL ROMERO NAMED KING OF CARNAVAL MIAMI 2022

The Kiwanis Club of Little Havana has named Yotuel Romero as the official King of Carnaval Miami 2022. As part of the 2022 festivities, the Cuban-born Grammy Award-winning urban artist will perform on the Kiwanis Club of Little Havana’s Stage (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.

“We are excited to announce Yotuel as the King of Carnaval Miami 2022 and are honored to have him perform 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’s no better place than the Calle Ocho Music Festival to continue to elevate the message.”

The Cuban-born singer, artist and fashion model is a pioneer of his craft. A composer and record producer, the trend-setter, known for blending Afro-Cuban genres like rumba with hip hop, is not new on the music scene, though his hit song, “Patria y Vida” (spanish for “Homeland and Life”), which was released in February 2021, propelled his career and served as the 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 Carnaval Miami 2022,” said Yotuel Romero. “This festival has had a long standing tradition of recognizing the pillars of the Latin community in South Florida and to be named among fellow Cuban musical icons like Celia Cruz (1984), Gloria Estefan (1988), and Willy Chirino (1993) is truly humbling. 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.”

Past Kings & Queens

Carnaval Miami represents culture, history, tradition, and goodwill. It is a meeting and reference point of our grandparents, parents, brothers & sisters, neighbors, generation after generation. And who could better represent these values, but the Kings & Queens of the Carnaval Miami.

MAU Y RICKY
2020

FONSECA
2019

CARLOS OLIVA
2018
CNCO
2017
ANDY GARCIA
2016
CHINO Y NACHO
2015
Daddy Yankee - King of Carnaval Miami 2014
DADDY YANKEE
2014
Ed Calle - King of Carnaval Miami 2013
ED CALLE
2013
Jencarlos Canela - King of Carnaval Miami 2012
JENCARLOS CANELA
2012
Hansel & Raul - King of Carnaval Miami 2011
HANSEL & RAUL
2011
Pitbull - King of Carnaval Miami 2010
PITBULL
2010
Rey Ruiz - King of Carnaval Miami 2009
REY RUIZ
2009
India - Queen of Carnaval Miami 2008
INDIA
2008
Albita - Queen of Carnaval Miami 2005
ALBITA
2005
Victor Manuelle - King of Carnaval Miami 2004
VICTOR MANUELLE
2004
Oscar D' Leon - King of Carnaval Miami 2003
OSCAR D’ LEON
2003
GISSELLE - Queen of Carnaval Miami 2002
GISSELLE
2002
Elvis Crespo - King of Carnaval Miami 2001
ELVIS CRESPO
2001
Carlos Ponce- King of Carnaval Miami 2000
CARLOS PONCE
2000
Jose Luis Rodriguez - King of Carnaval Miami 1999
JOSE LUIS RODRIGUEZ
1999
Olga Tanon - Queen of Carnaval Miami 1998
OLGA TAÑON
1998
THALIA - Queen of Carnaval Miami 1997
THALIA
1997
Jerry Rivera - King of Carnaval Miami 1995
JERRY RIVERA
1995
Jon Secada - King of Carnaval Miami 1994
JON SECADA
1994
Willy Chirino - King of Carnaval Miami 1993
WILLY CHIRINO
1993
Ricardo Montaner - King of Carnaval Miami 1992
RICARDO MONTANER
1992
Chayanne - King of Carnaval Miami 1991
CHAYANNE
1991
Emmanuel - King of Carnaval Miami1990
EMMANUEL
1990
Maria Conchito Alonso - King of Carnaval Miami 1989
MARIA CONCHITA ALONSO
1989
Gloria Estefan - Queen of Carnaval Miami 1988
GLORIA ESTEFAN
1988
Johnny Ventura - King of Carnaval Miami 1987
JOHNNY VENTURA
1987
Rocio Jurado - Queen of Carnaval Miami 1986
ROCIO JURADO
1986
Jose Feliciano - King of Carnaval Miami 1985

JOSE FELICIANO
1985

Celia Cruz - Queen of Carnaval Miami 1984
CELIA CRUZ
1984
Olga Guillot - Queen of Carnaval Miami 1983
OLGA GUILLOT
1983
Desi Arnaz - King of Carnaval Miami 1982
DESI ARNAZ
1982