On Friday, October 16, Flushing Town Hall will present Cowboys & Coasts: The Music of Colombia, a double headliner featuring Grupo Rebolú and Cimarrón. The performance features Grupo Rebolú, which will perform traditional Afro-Colombian folk music rich in energy, history and danceability; and, Cimarrón performing the festive joropo, in a breathtaking program combining Andalusian, Indigenous Indian and African roots, with harp, bandola, cuatro, bass, cajon, maracas and high-pitched voices.
Today, we’d like to introduce you to Grupo Rebolú.
Grupo Rebolú is an Afro-Colombian musical ensemble comprised of some of the finest Colombian musicians in the United States. The group – whose members live in Queens – was created from the desire of Ronald Polo (vocalist/composer/gaitero) and Morris Cañate (master folkloric percussionist) to promote the rich musical traditions of their ancestors. Grupo Rebolú’s unique reinterpretations of traditional Afro-Colombian rhythms highlight gaita, tambora, chalupa, and bullerengue, among others.