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(Photo by MPPC Orlando Herrera)

Afro-Venezuelan are descendants of Africans in Venezuela. The first Africans were brought in 1528 and slavery was abolished in 1854. They are 3% of the population with 812,000 Afro-Venezuelans. They concentrate in Barlovento in Miranda State. There is a strong ethnic mixture so it is difficult to identify the Afro-Venezuelans.  The emphasis that there is no racism and everyone is equal is a common theme repeated in Venezuela and throughout Latin-America. The African influences are: FOOD- sancocho, rondon;  MUSIC AND DANCE- baile de tambor, tamunango, chimbangueles; RELIGION- African ancestral syncretic spiritism (The cult of Maria Lionza)

(Photo by MPPC Orlando Herrera)

For Afro-Venezuelan History and Culture



History- Afro-Venezuelan - Afropedea

Culture Critic- Venezuela's African Roots | Afro

Culture- Travelling Through the Heart of Afro-Venezuela |

Culture website- Afro-Venezuelans | 

History and Culture- Afro- Venezuelans of African Ancestry. – Africani Sankofa (

Video Culture-

 Afro-Venezuelan  Music and Dance Resources

Video Tambor-


Afro- Venezuelan Religion and Spirituality Resources


Video- World: Celebrating María Lionza | The New York Times - YouTube

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