Introducing Grupo Rebolú (of Queens!)

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.gruporebolu rebolu

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.

You can learn more about them at the New York Folklore Society website. Our Gabrielle Hamilton also has interviewed Grupo Rebolú and you can read her interview here.

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