Las Cantoras — Betsayda Machado and La Parranda El Clavo


WHEN February 1, 2021
8 PM WHERE Streaming on Facebook, YouTube, and the Arts Center website Part of "Barzakh Festival" WHO The Arts Center at NYU Abu Dhabi Open to the Public

Venezuelan Afro-Soul ‘Tambor.’ A spirit-shaking percussion and voice celebration in an online preview of new work and conversation with the artist.

For Las Cantoras, Betsayda Machado and Oswaldo Lares co-curated a compilation of historical rural recordings by female singers from Lares’ archival collection. Looking at different regions in the country, the result will be a rarely seen digital compilation of at least 10 songs which include liner notes, historical pictures, and context for each of the singers and their regions. Co-produced by Lares’s son Guillermo and Souki as part of a digital residency and co-commission by The Arts Center at NYU Abu Dhabi.

Between 1960 and 1980, Venezuelan architect and folklorist Oswaldo Lares recorded more than one thousand tracks of rural folk songs around Venezuela. He captured genres and singers rarely known outside their regions that would later become emblems of Venezuelan folk when Lares’ work was gradually released on vinyl. Today, Lares’ collection is safeguarded by a new generation within his family, led by his son Guillermo.

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