“This was the kind of group that world-music fans have always been thrilled to discover: vital, accomplished, local, unplugged, deeply rooted.” – The New York Times
“One of the most joyful shows I’ve heard in years came courtesy of the clarion-voiced Afro-Venezuelan singer Betsayda Machado and her group La Parranda El Clavo, who made their New York City debut at the annual globalFEST festival in January.” – NPR
Passionate and colorful at the same time, Betsayda Machado is one of the most representative singers in Venezuelan music today. Her mastery on several Afro-Caribbean rhythms and the strength of her voice have made her share the stage with the biggest stars in Venezuela, bringing traditional elements to their music. To understand where her magical voice comes from it’s necessary to travel to a little village named El Clavo, in Barlovento, known to be the most important community of African descent in Venezuela.
Within the village, Parranda El Clavo is the epicenter of it all; a band of musicians and dancers of all ages, known for igniting local parties as they take street celebrations into the neighbors’ houses, finally bringing all the town members to the central square. Betsayda grew up singing and playing with them, they are her family, her homeboys, and the perfect company for her first solo tour.
The parranderos have been playing together for thirty years, never to leave town, but now Betsayda Machado & Parranda El Clavo just recorded their first album and they are preparing to sail on an international tour that will ultimately end in Africa, in a search for their roots.