We are thrilled to announce our very 1st show of 2017! JANUARY 14 in #Philadelphia: we are proud to co-present the #Philly debut of Afro-Venezuelan folkloric diva, Betsayda Machado y La Parranda El Clavo! Dubbed "The Black Voice of Barlovento", local masters view her as the carrier of a long tradition of nearly extinguished black music genres. To understand the source of her powerful pipes, one must explore the history & traditions of Afro-Venezuela, and listen for the rich sounds of its African cacao field-working descendants, whose rhythms & songs have hardly been spotlighted outside of their native land. This sound is typified by Machado's band, La Parranda El Clavo, a pulsing vocal battery that began as a joyful, unstructured jam group decades ago, and has matured into a virtuoso percussion and voice ensemble. The music's raw percussive nature is reminiscent of other African-rooted music – from countries like Colombia, Cuba and Brazil – but was born of its own unique history and culture. For nearly thirty years, they've performed at town festivities, funerals and celebrations, preserving songs which reinforce town history and local anecdotes. And now in 2017, for the first time ever, they're embarking on a world tour, and with a little support from AfroTaino Productions and Casa de Venezuela#PHL, they're appearing in the City of Brotherly Love. It's all happening at Pig Iron Studio (@pigirontheatre) in Northern Liberties/Fishtown section of the city. And we strongly encourage you to do your very best to get your tickets ASAP because this show is sure to SELL OUT! This infectious, percussive music, anchored by Machado's thunderous voice, leaves one with the impression that if there's a God, it sounds like this woman!