Colombian musicians perform at Kennedy Center

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June 17, 2019

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What you need to know:

The famous stage of The Millennium Stage was created to make the performing arts accessible to all in fulfillment of the Kennedy Center's mission. This stage is completely free of charge, but has a capacity limit. The first to arrive are the first to sit down.

Who will perform and on what dates:

La Marvela: Pura Verbena | Friday, June 21, 2019 – 6:00 PM

“La Marvela (wonderful; extraordinary in Latin) was formed in 2017 by Marly Pérez, Velu Ochoa and Alison Caro, three female Colombian artists seeking a more balanced and equal gender representation in music.”

“Inspired by other female empowerment groups such as the Network of Female Drummers of Colombia (Red de Tamboreras de Colombia), Banda Didá, Batalá Washington, Nidia Góngora among other artists. The band strives to defend and support domestic violence survivors, as well as opening the dialogue between ancestral music and social causes, bringing awareness of the importance of art as a way of expression to call for social change and justice while honoring the ancestral music from the Colombian Caribbean Coast Region.”

Rio Mira | Monday, July 1, 2019 – 6:00 PM

“Co-produced by Grammy® nominee Ivis Flies and Grammy ® winner Ivan Benavides, Rio Mira is a marimba supergroup with Afro-Pacific binational heritage consisting of some of the most in-demand and respected musicians from Colombia and Ecuador. Their music is the sonic rejoining of the region known as El Pacifico Sur, one connected by history, ecology, and culture and divided by the national borders of Ecuador and Colombia.”

Yanga | Tuesday, July 16, 2019 – 6:00 PM

“Yanga (American Musicians Abroad Project), is a manifestation of Colombia’s ever expanding musical influence. Sprouting their own distinct branch on the tree of Caribbean music and culture, Yanga cultivates a new sound rooted in the traditional rhythms of the Caribbean coast of Colombia.”