Venezuelans living in Barbados turned out in their numbers last night to celebrate the 203rd anniversary of their country’s Independence with a free concert at the Frank Collymore Hall, the City. Playing to a large and appreciative audience, which included several members of the local Venezuelan community, were the four-piece band, The Ensamble Gurrufo, which was invited to Barbados by resident Venezuelan Ambassador, Jose Febres. The group received thunderous applause on the completion of each rendition.
The Ensamble Gurruffo was founded in 1984 and quickly earned a reputation for its lively stage performances and extensive repertoire.
Their live performances and recordings are characterized by the addition of long-forgotten pieces that were rescued through research and interaction with scholars knowledgeable about Venezuelan music.
The group’s graceful and refreshing style does not truly belong to folklore, classical music, jazz or new age, but is a versatile multi-faceted contemporary instrumental music, deeply rooted in the Venezuelan tradition.
Attending last night’s 90-minute concert were Cuba’s Ambassador to Barbados, Lissette Perez; Cuban Counsel to Barbados, Orestes Hernindez and several local friends of the Venezuelan people including, attorney-at-law, David Comissiong; parliamentary representative for St Michael East, Trevor Prescod; businessman, Muhammad Nassar and University of the West Indidies lecturer, Dr Rodney Worrell.