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Kombilesa Mi started its tour Ri Palenge Pa to Paraje 2022 in the United States. Photo: Courtesy
Kombilesa Mi started its tour Ri Palenge Pa to Paraje 2022 in the United States. Photo: Courtesy

Palenquero group Kombilesa Mí goes on tour in the U.S.

Kombilesa Mí, the most popular Palenquero rap group in the Caribbean, returns with a U.S. tour.

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After a resounding success in a Tiny Desk session and at the globalFEST festival on public radio in North America, the Palenquero group Kombilesa Mí returns to the United States with its Ri Palenge Pa to Paraje 2022 tour, which kicks off in Houston, Texas with a sold-out concert.

Ri Palenge Pa to Paraje aims to show the Afro-Bolivarian and Caribbean identity through African rhythms and drums. According to Afroneto, leader of the group, this is the most emblematic project of Kombilesa Mí's music career, a tour that will show Palenquero folkloric rap to the world.

"We are culture, tradition, talent and tastiness, we represent the Palenque de Benkos, we arrived in the United States, to represent on high, our people and territory, and especially the color of our race. I thank everyone who supported us and built this collective dream, to show our music," said Afroneto, leader and founder of the group. 

Kombilesa Mí is one of the most creative and vibrant groups in Colombia. Their union of Palenquera music, language and culture with hip-hop has produced a powerful mix full of flavor and strength. Drum beats, rapping in Palenquero and all the attitude and power of the heritage of the first free Black people of America, are the elements this group uses to conquer the world.

"It is a pride for Bolivar, to have a group representative of our culture and Palenquero identity before the world, are their talents, projection and discipline, the key to achieve dreams and go far, I congratulate all its members," said Ivan Sanes, general director of the Institute of Culture and Tourism of Bolivar (ICULTUR).

Ri Palenge Pa to Paraje Tour Dates

June 18, Museum of African American Culture (HMAAC) - Houston, TX.

June 23, Utan Arts Festival - Salt Lake City, UT.

June 24, People's Forum - New York City, NY.

June 25, Soul Firme Farm - Petersburg, NY.

July 9, Folk Art Market, Santa Fe.

July 10, AMP Concerts, Albuquerque, NM.

July 13, Trinosopnes, Detroit.

July 14, Night Out in the Park's Concerts, Chicago, IL.

July 15, Dusable Museum, Chicago, IL.

July 16, Segundo Ruiz Belvis Cultural Center, Chicago, IL.

July 17, Space 538, Portland, ME.

July 18, Emerson College, Boston, MA.

July 22, Bombix Center For Arts + Equity, Northampton, MA.

July 23, Flushing Town Hall, Queens, NY.

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