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The ‘Black Atlantic’ package — which provides access to all six ‘Black Atlantic’ shows at Motorco, including performances by Sona Jobarteh, David Virelles, Cha Wa, Etienne Charles, Cimarrón, and Orchestre Les Mangelepa — and single tickets, including $10 Duke student tickets, are now on sale. Packages and single tickets can be purchased online, via phone at 919-684-4444, and in person at the Duke University Box Office, Tuesday through Friday, 11 AM to 6 PM.
Born along the Orinoco River plains of eastern Colombia and western Venezuela is the region’s crown jewel: joropo. Energetic and infectious, joropo is “the Colombian answer to bluegrass,” comprised of tribal whistling, cuatro guitar, maracas, Peruvian-flamenco cajón, Brazilian surdo, Afro-Colombian tambora, and percussive stomp dancing (Chicago Reader). Best capturing the genre’s distinctive global fusion is Cimarrón, a collection of dancers, vocalists, and musicians founded in 1982. Cimarrón’s impressive ability to entrance contemporary audiences while retaining its roots is best demonstrated by its reclamation of the Gipsy Kings’ iconic cover, “Bamboleo.” Billboard calls the tribute to the Venezuelan country song — originally titled “Caballo Viejo” — a “raw and infectious acoustic version of this Pan-Latin classic.” Cimarrón’s blend of Andalusian, Indigenous American, and African roots has won the Colombian folk stars a GRAMMY nomination and an Independent Music Award for Best Latin Album — solidifying their position as leaders of modern joropo.