Viva Vallenato! Cumbia Band
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Viva Vallenato! Cumbia Band

Barranquilla, Atlántico, Colombia | Established. Jan 01, 2013

Barranquilla, Atlántico, Colombia
Established on Jan, 2013
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"What Presenters Have Said"

“It was great, indeed.” - Dr. Iveta Pirgova, Director, Wheaton Arts and Cultural Center

“People are already asking if you will come back next year!” - Nicole Kienlen, Tourism Director, Bradley Beach NJ

“Thank you for your concert on Sunday.  On of our patrons told me that her legs were sore from dancing.  We'll have to have you back again.” - Denise Laude, Mahwah Public Library

“Thank you for your wonderful performance!  I thought it was one of the best programs that we've had in recent memory. It was a fantastic show!” - April Kane, Woodbridge Public Library

“We know that our patrons really enjoyed your concert. They all had a great time! Thank you again!!”
Stephanie Fernandez, Passaic Public Library - Wheaton Arts, Bradley Beach, & NJ Libraries


"Dance Music of Colombia" (Released 2019)

"A great album!" -

Willi Klopottek, DJ, Mondophon auf Radio ARA, Luxembourg



Viva Vallenato! Cumbia Band has been electrifying crowds with the classic folkloric music of Colombia, South America since 2013. The 5-piece group features three gifted musicians from Barranquilla, Colombia: 73-year old lifelong lead singer & percussionist Hugo Lascarro Sr.; his son Hugo Jr. on traditional Colombian caja vallenata and tambora costeña hand drums; and bassist Jose Lozano. Salvatore Carollo plays red hot timbales. Accordionist Felipe Passantino formed the band after falling in love with this rich music: cumbia, a hypnotic courtship dance created by escaped African slaves; and vallenato, the local storytelling songs of Colombia’s Atlantic coast, sung over shimmering accordions and pulsating rhythms.

Viva Vallenato! have appeared on Univision, Telemundo, WPIX, and in many venues and festivals along the East Coast including Musikfest (Bethlehem PA), Flurry Festival of Music & Dance (Saratoga Springs NY), Music Under New York City, First Night Morris, Wheaton Arts, Univision, Telemundo, WPIX News, Associated Press, New York Post, Telecafe TV (Colombia), Telecaribe TV (Colombia), Telepacifico TV (Colombia), Radio WADO, WKCR-FM,  Bradley Beach Concert Series, Sussex County Community College, McGuire Air Force Base, Georgian Court University, Byram Shubert Library (Greenwich CT), Mahwah Library NJ, Dover Library NJ, Fairview Library NJ, Englewood Library NJ, Bergenfield Library NJ, Elizabeth Library NJ, New City Library NY, Warwick Library NY, West Orange Library NJ, Randolph Library NJ, Bernardsville Library NJ, Summit Library NJ, Passaic Library NJ, Middletown Library NJ, Rutherford Multicultural Festival, Bergen County Colombian Festival, Maplewood Cultural Heritage Festival, and more.

Hugo Lascarro, Sr. (from Barranquilla, Colombia): Lead vocals, guira, maracas
Hugo Lascarro, Jr. (from Barranquilla, Colombia): Lead vocals, caja vallenata drum, tambora costeña drum
José Humberto Lozano (from Barranquilla, Colombia): bass guitar, vocals
Felipe Passantino: accordion, vocals
Salvatore Carollo: timbales & percussion

Band Members