The Afro-Venezuelan musical ensemble Elegguá is based in Barlevento, near Venezuela’s Caribbean coast, and draws its inspiration from local folk traditions. One of the members has said, “In our veins we carry the African feeling, since we are direct descendants of the slaves that cultivated cocoa and coffee off the coasts of Barlovento, Venezuela many years ago.”
Elegguá has given audiences around the world a glimpse of this unique heritage. Check out this video clip from their live performance in Washington DC on July 27, 2007. Play it a second time and you’ll be sure to start singing along: “Soy Afro, mi gente, soy Afro, Afro decendiente!” Read more here.