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Enkelé to represent Colombia at New Orleans Jazz Festival

Enkelé is full of news in this 2024. The most recent is to be one of the 100 groups invited to the New Orleans Jazz Festival in the United States, one of the most important in the world, where the Santander group Enkelé will be on stage. It will be the only women’s group that will represent the music of oral tradition, the sung dances of Santander and Colombia.

The New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival was first held in 1970 and has since become one of the most important music festivals in the world. Over the years, the festival has featured some of the biggest names in music, including Louis Armstrong, Ella Fitzgerald, Stevie Wonder, Aretha Franklin, Lady Gaga, Amy Winehouse, among other world-renowned artists.

This year the country to be honored will be Colombia and therefore the members of the group: Angélica Ruiz and Camila Pedrozo, music graduates from UIS; Yira Isabel Miranda, social worker; Yuranis Miranda, biologist; Damar Guerrero, UIS student of the Bachelor of Music program, and Carolina Delgado, director of Macondo UIS, along with Mildreth Pasos, were selected after an arduous curatorial process to represent the best of the country’s music and culture.

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With its lyrics, this group seeks to pay tribute to our roots and is inspired by other women who have been working in this genre, but, as one of its members says, have been forgotten. Within the Festival they will perform La Enganchá, a song written by one of its singers, Damar Guerrero Suárez and her mother, Dina luz Suárez, with an illustration where Daniela Barreto captures the confidence and character of these women as the cover.

After “El agua se va a acabar”, their last release, which seemed like a ritual to cleanse bad energies, they took all that they learned in the industry and have returned recharged with strength this 2024 with the next single of what promises to be a complete musical production. La Enganchá is their second single, which in an air of bullerengue is heard in this robust chalupa that tells a story of rural life, but that easily allows them to talk about women’s freedom and even their rights.