Afrobeta Robbed: Gear, Even "Our Pigeon Mascot"

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What's the street value of Afrobeta's "pigeon mascot"?

Probably zilch. But that didn't stop some pathetic burglar from thieving Cuci Amador and Tony Smurphio's preciously plump and adorable columbidae charm from their car.

That's right ... Over the weekend, the band got robbed. And it wasn't just silly stuff, like the bird, that got stolen.

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"On Sunday morning," the band writes in a message to fans and friends on its Facebook page, "one of our cars was burglarized on N Miami ave and 12 st."

Among Afrobeta's lost property: "A book bag with a lot of our musical gear/cables, our friends purse, another bag with our keyboard stand."

Saddest of all ... Even "our pigeon mascot [was] stolen."

Better days: Afrobeta's pigeon mascot and Smurphio.

Help Cuci and Tony get their stuff back. "Keep your eyes and ears open," the duo asks, "for a mackie 1202vlz3 mixer with a ton of stickers on it."

You can also contribute by sharing some love at Afrobeta's next gig, a no-cover Thursday, May 30 show at Blackbird Ordinary.

"Thank you and please be carefull of what you leave in your cars," Ms. Amador and Smurphio warn. "There are desperate people out there with no conscience."

Afrobeta. Thursday, May 30. Blackbird Ordinary, 729 SW First Ave., Miami. The show starts at 10 p.m. and there's no cover. Call 305-671-3307 or visit


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Blackbird Ordinary

729 SW 1st Ave., Miami, FL

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Marlo Planas
Marlo Planas

I'm always reminding my musician husband not to leave instruments and gear in the car. I guess it's a commonality amongst musicians (tired, getting home late, etc.). It takes 5 minutes to bring stuff inside.

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