Doja Cat in Miami is Subversive & Epic

Doja Cat played at the Kaseya Center in Miami on November 21st, 2023.

It was packed, sold out, with about 22,000 souls, most of them shrieking like banshees.

The crowd leaned young, and queer, a little goth, but happy, spirited, satisfied. It was  very cool culture.

The Scarlet Tour is Doja Cat’s first arena tour. Miami was the twelfth stop on a 25-city stint that started in San Francisco on Halloween and ends in Chicago on December 13th. The show is very subversive and defying of conventional pop culture icons. And to be clear, Doja Cat is currently a pop icon. A certain kind of pop star.

She’s Madonna, Lady Gaga, a little Rihanna, maybe Billie Eilish.

Doja Cat ain’t no Tayler Swift, Arianna Grande, or Beyonce. She ain’t family friendly for mainstream corporate America.  And that’s her advantage. And it’s hot. Punk rock. Sexy. Weird.

All of the above.

To be real, and of course, she’s doing her own thing.

Doja Cat Miami show

The concert was broken up into five acts.

Very theatrical, but not like Broadway — Doja Cat was more cinematic.

An act began, there’s a video shown, then boom into the set. All sorts of energy. A great, mostly male dance ensemble crushed it throughout the night. Very sensual and raw. Props to the choreographer Ebony Williams for this gem.

A trio of background singers hung like Greek sirens off to the side, adding depth to the night.

Doja Cat Miami

Doja Cat was raw and rap heavy with some real R & B. It was impressive.

Silly to think she catches shade.

Some call her demonic and find her offensive.

It’s a thing. I arrived like very late and people were walking out telling me “don’t go in” and “it’s a waste of money” and “she’s disgusting” — I was confused. Heard it from three people. In hindsight: all Latin women, older, moms, probably Christian, taking their 15-year-olds home. We don’t have Karen’s in Miami. We have Karina’s.

For a second, thought the show would be a bust.

Upon entering hella late, it was fire.

Yeah, sure. A little weird to hear 20,000 people yelling hooks like:

You ain’t gettin pussy, you f*cking a A.I

Huh-oh, what a time to be alive


Beat the pussy up call PETA, I rock the boat like Aaliyah


Back it up, beep beep, no U-Haul

Tossed salad, no cheese, no croutons

Doja Cat is Subversive

Amala Ratna Zandile Dlamini also known as Doja Cat is doing her own thing.

Bless her. Here in Miami, to be honest, she reminds one of the late and very local XXX, aka Jahseh Onfroy. We went to his funeral (same crowd at Doja) and interviewed the last reporter to interview him. What we reported was insightful. It sucks that we don’t have that soul on this earth. But it’s great that South Florida got to see Doja play an arena in Miami.

It was history.

At least for 22,000 people who will never forget that show.

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J.J. Colagrande

Has written about Miami culture for twenty years, first with The Miami Herald, then Miami New Times and Huffington Post. He's the publisher of The Jitney and a full-time professor at Miami Dade College.