The Passport Series – Music Haven at Proctors Betsayda Machado y La Parranda El Clavo
The Passport Series takes flight with Venezuela’s rising star of Afro Soul.
The Passport Series • Music Haven at Proctors
Betsayda Machado y La Parranda El Clavo • October 19, 2017
Alsarah and the Nubatones • November 30, 2017
Ranky Tanky • February 9, 2018
Africa Unplugged • April 13, 2018
Betsayda Machado is a Venezuelan singer born in El Clavo, Barlovento, a community of rich Afro-Venezuelan traditions. Barlovento’s inhabitants are descendants of African workers who once tilled the cocoa fields, exploited by local land owners. Nicknamed “The Black Voice of Barlovento”, Betsayda has become the carrier of a long tradition of nearly extinguished genres of black music in Venezuela, and is now seen as an icon of Afro-Venezuelan music.
La Parranda El Clavo is the local percussion and voice ensemble in El Clavo, Venezuela — population: 1500. For nearly 30 years they have been playing together at local festivities, funerals, new year celebrations and get-togethers.