Seductive Afro-Venezuelan Party Songs

Betsayda Machado & La Parranda El Clavo – Loé Loá – Rural Recordings Under the Mango Tree (Odelia, 2017)

Loé Loá – Rural Recordings Under the Mango Tree is a set of Afro-Venezuelan celebratory songs. It’s vibrant, hip-shaking roots music featuring vocals and drums.

The album includes a large multigenerational cast of singers and percussionists, many of them cocoa farmers, from a small village called El Clavo in the tropical Barlovento region of Venezuela.

Betsayda Machado & La Parranda El Clavo is one of the acts selected to perform at the influential WOMEX world music showcases later this year in Poland. They are currently touring the United States and will be back in 2018.

 

Author: Angel Romero

Angel Romero y Ruiz has been writing about world music and progressive music for many years. He founded the websites worldmusiccentral.org and musicasdelmundo.com. Angel produced several specials for Metropolis (TVE) and co-produced “Musica NA”, a music show for Televisión Española (TVE) in Spain that featured an eclectic mix of world music, fusion, electronica, new age and contemporary classical music. Angel also produced and remastered world music and electronic music albums, compilations and boxed sets for Alula Records, Ellipsis Arts, Music of the World, Lektronic Soundscapes, and Mindchild Records. Angel is currently based in Durham, North Carolina.

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