Modern Merengue for a new generation

June 4, 2016, 5:30-6:45 PM*
Festival Rink Stage / Alex and Ani City Center

Grupo Afincao uses merengue and salsa to speak to a new generation of listeners. The 8-member ensemble is led by Gabriel “El Cantante” (“The Singer”) and George “El Productor” (“The Producer”), a dynamic duo of restless musical seekers based in Rhode Island. The duo emerged as members of the popular merengue group Lokkera; not content to rest on their laurels, they formed Grupo Afincao to stake out new musical territory that incorporates a diverse range of influences. Regularly playing from New York City to worldwide audiences, band members have roots in Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic, Cuba and even Berklee School of Music. With a sound that is modern, urban Latin rooted in classic vocal traditions, they aspire to create music that moves not only their audience, but also their peers, fostering a spirit of competition that brings out the best in musicians. Afincao is on a mission to bring their vision to the masses!

Produced by the City of Providence
Founding Creative Partner: FirstWorks
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