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#NewsFlash | Catch some infectious rhythms from Venezuela on Oct. 21
The joint will jump with joy.
Betsayda Machado y La Parranda El Clavo will perform at Flushing Town Hall on Saturday, Oct. 21, at 8 pm. They’ll also give dance lessons with the group’s master drummers at 7 pm.
The clarion-voiced Machado is an icon of traditional African-Venezuelan parranda. Loosely translated as “party music,” this infectious rhythm is based on high-energy percussion with complex tempos, shimmering vocals with call-and-repeat chants, and tight harmonies.
The idea is to make dancers float in the air.
Her hometown, the small village of El Clavo in the jungle near Venezuela’s Caribbean coastline, is a hotbed of music. Many inhabitants are descendants of African slaves who had worked in the area’s cacao plantations, but then established free communities. La Parranda El Clavo, which has been together for about three decades, features percussionists from various generations who are dedicated to keeping their town’s musical traditional alive. They are Machado’s lifelong friends, and many are related.
Tickets are $16, but students pay $10.
Editor’s note: This engagement is funded through Southern Exposure: Performing Arts of Latin America, a program of the Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts.
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Images: Flushing Town Hall