Spring 2020

  • Guest artist Betsayda Machado of Venezuela playing a maraca.

    Spring 2020 guest artist: Betsayda Machado

  • Betsayda Machado – The Voice of Venezuela

    March 2 – 7, 2020

    Betsayda Machado is the voice of Venezuela. Raised in the small village of El Clavo in the region of Barlovento, her recent rural recordings with lifelong friends Parranda El Clavo brought new attention to Venezuelan Afro-Soul genre: ‘Tambor,’ a spirit-shaking percussion and voice fiesta said to make dancers float. After their New York City debut in January 2017, The New York Times’ Jon Pareles called Betsayda and Parranda, “The kind of group that world-music fans have always been thrilled to discover: vital, accomplished, local, unplugged, deeply rooted.”

    This residency is made possible by the support of the Brandeis Arts Council, Poses Fund, and Department of Music.