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Viva Vallenato! Cumbia Band: Folk Music of Colombia (Outdoors)
September 16 @ 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm
Viva Vallenato! Cumbia Band electrifies crowds with the folkloric music of Colombia. Lead singer-percussionist Hugo Lascarro Sr. hails from Barranquilla, Colombia where he performed for many years. His son Hugo Jr. sings and plays traditional handmade drums, the caja vallenata and tambora costeña.
Bassist-singer Jose Borney hails from richly musical Tolima, Colombia. Accordionist Phil “Felipe” “Caballo” Passantino formed the band after falling in love with vallenato, the local storytelling songs of Colombia’s Atlantic coast, sung over pulsating accordions and rhythms; and Colombian cumbia, a hypnotic courtship dance created in cultural exchange between indigenous cultures and Africans fleeing enslavement. Salvatore Carollo brings the thunder on timbales, and he will make sure you’re dancing!
This program includes folkloric Cumbia dancer Joelis Lascarro to bring the dancer out in you!
Made possible by funds from the Essex County Division of Cultural Affairs, a partner of the New Jersey State Council on the Arts.
Main Library, Plaza (Auditorium if inclement weather); registration recommended for reminders and updates.