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Grupo Rebolu


Is an Afro-Colombian musical ensemble comprised of some of the finest Colombian musicians in the united states. The group was created from the desire of Ronald Polo (vocalist/composer/gaitero) and Morris Canate (master folkloric percussionist) and Johanna Castaneda (vocalist/cuatro player/minor percussion) to promote the rich musical traditions of their ancestors; the afro-descendents of Colombia's caribbean coast. It is their belief that these folkloric traditions should continually evolve over time and with the ideas of new generations of folklorists. This belief is surely reflected in their music.

The original compositions of Ronald Polo forge new paths for Colombian music while respectfully remaining faithful to its ancestral roots. In the process, they create a truly unique musical and cultural experience. From traditional songs to original compositions, the entirely of Rebolu' repertoire is loaded with energy, history and danceability. Their unique reinterpretations of traditional Afro-Colombian rhythms such as Gaita, Tambora, Chalupa and Bullerengue, among others, make it extremely well suited not only for festivals and cultural events, but also for nightclubs. We hope you listen and enjoy...

Watch Past Performances

Video 8/8/2018: Grupo Rebolu

Grupo Rebolu is an Afro-Colombian ensemble with strong mesmerizing beats and urban modern Caribbean sounds. This music goes into your system like a dose of pure, contagious energy!

Presented in collaboration with the Library of Congress Homegrown series.

 Grupo Rebolu