2017 Global Roots Festival: Betsayda Machado Y La Parranda El Clavo

Daily from Sept. 18-20
6:30-10 p.m.
Free; donations suggested
Festivals, African, Latin, Singer-Songwriter, World

Recent news from Venezuela has been grim, but the sound of iconic singer Betsayda Machado, reunited with her home village’s band, is pure joy. Led by Machado’s stunning, declarative voice, the group delves into Afro-Venezuelan traditional music, featuring high-flying close vocal harmonies buoyed by a scintillating rush of polyrhythms. Its forthcoming debut is Loé Loá: Rural Recordings Under the Mango Tree. Parranda is celebratory music tied to call-and-response singers who take to the streets at Christmastime, rooted in the heritage of rebellious slaves brought to the area to work on cacao plantations. Haitian-born Vox Sambou is a prominent member of the rap Kreyòl movement and a founder of the Montreal hip-hop collective Nomadic Massive. His multilingual lyrics address political and social issues accompanied by a dynamic, bristling mix of Haitian roots, Afro-Beat, reggae, jazz, and Latin music. Free as part of the Cedar’s Global Roots Festival, but reservations are encouraged. Festival also features Ladama, Vox Sambou, Hong Sung Hyun, Sahba Motallebi & Naghmeh Farahmand, and Bitori. For daily lineup and additional info, check here.