Sunday Jul 6, 2014
Albuquerque, NM 87102-4508
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Las Alegres Ambulancias de San Basilio de Palenque is an amazing band from the 500-year old cabildo/lumbalu tradition. The name of the group explains the philosophy of the Afro-Colombians of Palenque in their relationship with death. Happiness (alegres) is the vehicle (ambulancias) of change from one state of being to another – in short life continues. The ensemble features three singers/dancers and three percussionists performing on traditional Afro-Colombian drums and are known for turning every funeral into a party.
Las Alegres Ambulancias is no museum piece having been transformed from generation to generation, evolving with the community, its traditions, fiestas, funerals and daily life in general. Along with traditional singers and drummers the band incorporates electric guitar and bass into this living tradition.