Betsayda Machado is the voice of Venezuela. Raised in the small village of El Clavo in the Barlovento region, she recently returned there to collaborate with lifelong friends Parranda El Clavo to record a kind of music rarely heard outside the area, tambor venezolano: Afro-Venezuelan rhythms and songs derived from community life, ancestral dances, town festivities, funerals, and celebrations. Together, Machado and the movable musical party of El Clavo are now bringing this music to audiences around the world. Betsayada and the parranda also include songs about urgent socio-political issues in Venezuela, including gun violence, food shortages, and the country’s history of slavery. “The kind of group that world-music fans have always been thrilled to discover: vital, accomplished, local, unplugged, deeply rooted” (Jon Pareles, NY Times).

SaturdaySeptember 30
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The Kat Domingo Memorial Artist honors the memory of Dr. Katherine “Kat” Domingo, an advocate for the power of music to build bridges and community – in particular, through the beauty of the human voice.

Presented in partnership with the IU Latin American Music Center.


This engagement of Betsayda Machado is funded through Southern Exposure: Performing Arts of Latin America, a program of Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts.

This presentation is supported by the Arts Midwest Touring Fund, a program of Arts Midwest that is funded by the National Endowment for the Arts, with additional contributions from the Indiana Arts Commission and the Crane Group.