When the Venezuelan band Betsayda Machado & Parranda El Clavon performed in New York for the first time in 2017, The New York Times described them as “the kind of group that world-music fans have always been thrilled to discover: Vital, accomplished, local, unplugged, deeply rooted”.
Singer Betsayda Machado’s vocals transport the listener to the El Clavo village in Barlovento, Venezuela. El Clavo is known as one of the country’s most important regions for populations of African descent. In the village, a group of musicians and dancers known as Parranda El Clavo gathers the small community to celebrate and dance in the houses and at the town square. Machado grew up together with these musicians, and the musical partnership is a homage to Venezuelan afro-soul.
The show filmed for World Village Festival will be recorded on the streets of El Clavo, where Machado’s vocals and the catchy rhythms of Parranda are right at home. You can expect to hear drum beats that shake your soul and a celebration of sounds and vocals that bring people dancing on their feet, whether in their living rooms or on the streets!
This programme is available online also after the festival weekend 31.5.-4.6.2021.