Grupo Rebolú is Afro-Colombian Caribbean dance music

Grupo Rebolú is a New York-based Afro-Colombian band that makes music in the style of Colombia’s Caribbean coast. They will make you dance.

Rebolú plays Brooklyn Bowl

Monday, October 28, 2019 ~ Rebolú plays Brooklyn Bowl in Williamsburg, Brooklyn at 8pm. $8

Grupo Rebolú in NYC 2017 – 2018

Rebolú plays the ColombiaFest IV Cultural Trade Fair at Penn Plaza Pavilion in Chelsea, Manhattan, Saturday – Sunday, October 21 – 22, 2017.

Grupo Rebolú in NYC 2016 – 2017

The band plays Terraza 7 in Elmhurst/Jackson Heights, Queens, January 21, 2017. The Colombian-owned club is a good place to see them.

The band plays SOB’s in Tribeca Saturday, February 18, 2017 at 8 & 10 pm.

The band plays a Carnaval de Barranquilla party at Caballeros de Colon at 2312 Summit Ave in Union City, NJ, Saturday, February 25, 2017 at 8 pm.

The band plays SOB’s in Hudson Square/SoHo on July 20, 2017.

Grupo Rebolú is pure African Energy

The core of the band is Ronald Polo (vocalist/gaitero), Morris Canate (folkloric percussionist), and Johanna Castaneda (vocalist).

Colombia is a very multicultural country. Rebolú is Afro-Colombian, but with an Afro-Pop sound. You might call it Salsa, but it really isn’t. It has the energy of Mapalé, one of Colombia’s roots African music and dances.

Rebolú makes African music with Latin and Native American influences sung in Caribbean Spanish in New York City. How about that?

Singer-songwriter Ronald Polo plays the gaita, a Native Colombian flute. It’s amazing how Native American culture survived in Colombia. And you can hear some Andean melodies in the group’s music.

It is difficult to label Rebolú. The only thing certain is that their high-energy delivery will make your body move. They will make you dance ~ even if you can’t. That’s the traditional purpose of music and dance, to get you out of yourself. That’s what Grupo Rebolú does.

Grupo Rebolú Albums

Abriendo Caminos (Open Roads, 2009)

Next Stop (2015)

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