Dec 12 2020


7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Black Villancicos & Other Joyful Songs

Saturday, December 12 at 7PM

Rumbarroco is proud to offer a concert that we have been researching for a long time which delves into Africa’s lasting musical legacy. “Black Villancicos” focuses on this emotionally charged and rhythmically powerful repertoire.

We’ll explore the intersection of early European music, with the unspoken African traditions, and current Latin American sounds as well as the fusion of “learned” music with folk and popular forms.

Music by Gaspar Fernandes (1566-1629), Juan Gutiérrez de Padilla (ca. 1590 – 1664), and Villancicos from the Liturgy of Santa Cruz De Coimbra, 17th century.

Prrofessor Octavio Paez will join us from Geneva, Switzerland. He will give context to our performance beginning with explanation of Villancicos, following with Character Villancicos, to explain Villancicos Negros.


Daniela Tosic, voice
Lisa Brooke, violin
Fabiola Mendez, Puerto Rican cuatro
William Hernandez, Venezuelan cuatro
Karolina Meireles, percussion
Kera Washington, percussion
Laury Gutiérrez, viola da gamba
And guest performers