To celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month, Flushing City Hall will host Bazurto All Starsknown as the Latin “party machine”, from Cartagena, Colombia, bringing the energy of champeta music to the venue on Friday, September 30.

“We serve a large Colombian audience at Flushing Town Hall, and we also attract music lovers from around the world who are excited to discover new bands and sounds in our theater. This set is sure to delight everyone,” said Ellen Kodadek, Executive and Artistic Director of Flushing City Hall. “Don’t miss this opportunity to see them live and dance the night away!”

The group will present a Champeta workshop before his concert for the public interested in learning the basics of the style of music and dance originating in Colombia.

The performance starts at 8 p.m., and the workshop (FREE with concert tickets) will take place at 7 p.m.

Champeta is a musical genre and dance that originated on the Caribbean coast of Colombia in the early 1980s. The Bazurto All Stars have created their own distinctive sound that comes from the mixture of African champeta, folk and electronic music, cumbia, vallenato, reggae, ska and even symphonic music.

The group dubbed this special fusion “La Champeta Universal” or “Universal Champeta”, as it allowed champeta to cross social, cultural and linguistic barriers and adapt to a variety of musical styles.

Bazurto All Stars are known for their string of hits and their top charting songs on Colombian radio like “LA MANGUERA”, “EL BOLOLO”, “ME FALLA EL WIFI”, “LA REINA DEL BAILE” and “LA PUPILETA”.

The last of them, “LA PULPILETA”, became in 2016 the official song of the Carnival of Barranquilla (the biggest party after Rio) and one of the most recognized songs in Colombia at that time, breaking all the rules and gender expectations to reach new markets.

Since 2009, the group’s music has told the daily life of the popular neighborhoods of Cartagena, epicenter of colors, tastes and sounds of Africa and the Caribbean. Known as “Maquina de la Sabrosura Pura” (or “Pure Party Machine”) and the best champeta group in Colombia, the seven-piece ensemble of Bazurto All Stars offers an explosive show, full of energy and ideal for dance. The group received the prestigious Congo de Oro from the Carnaval de Barranquilla in 2016, 2018 and 2019, as well as the Premio Shock in 2016.

In-person tickets for the show are $18/$12 for members, seniors and students.


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