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With his bright and serene body of work, New York-based Ecuadorian crooner/beatmaker Helado Negro takes his fan base on a translucent dream pop-filled journey during live performances. Often flanked by two dancers dressed in silver tinsel, Helado Negro showcases his enticing and blissfully atmospheric music with great artistry. His work spans five albums and four EPs, praised by Rolling Stone, NPR, and Pitchfork. Fully in command of his craft, he actively channels a sense of empowerment to the Latinx community, embracing South American roots with his signature ambient electronic approach. He recently caught the attention of New Mexico's Balkan folk troupe Beirut, who enlisted the eclectic star on a world tour coming up in early 2019. 

Helado Negro Background

Right in the hurricane's eye of Southern Florida's lush tropics, ethereal pop singer Roberto Carlos Lange was born in 1980 to immigrant parents. Now Brooklyn-based and going by the moniker Helado Negro (meaning "Black Ice Cream"), the Ecuadorian-descended musician has become one of the most genre-melting singers and producers of the Latin alternative circuit since his emergence with 2009's ‘Awe Owe.' Taking from the rich and varied musical flavors of his background, and mixing them with glowing, graceful electronic flourishes, Lange has forged a unique style all his own. He skillfully straddles his Latinx heritage and his American identity in his music, channeled into his sinuous beatmaking prowess. His bicultural take has sparked a whole new movement that appeals to U.S.-based Latinxs who embrace a "Young Latin and Proud" stance: a slogan that doubles as a dream-pop single off his fifth album, ‘Private Energy.' His ‘Island Universe Story' LP series is just as enticing, a cheeky take on his philosophical outbursts. It features layered synths and Afro-Latin percussions percolating against the ethereal vocals that float along like wisps of smoke. 

Reviews

Rating: 4.3 out of 5 based on 7 reviews
  • Rating: 5 out of 5

    Loved It

    by Jess on 2/16/24White Oak Music Hall - Upstairs - Houston

    Loved his performance. Definitely in my top 3 concerts.

  • Rating: 5 out of 5

    Amazing

    by greenteaboba on 9/2/22The Regent Theater - Los Angeles

    Helado Negro was such a solid and amazing experience, super glad to have seen him at the start of his tour. Would definitely see him again🌟

  • Rating: 5 out of 5

    Colorful

    by Kemo on 8/27/22The Regent Theater - Los Angeles

    2 openers that really sold the show for me. Then Helado came out, 5 songs in and it was one of the best shows I ever went to.

  • Rating: 1 out of 5

    Boring set, left early

    by An observer on 8/23/22The Regent Theater - Los Angeles

    Meh. Wasn't into it. Wasn't into the crowd. We left after a few songs to go get tacos instead. Low energy and kinda boring.

  • Rating: 5 out of 5

    A beautifully intimate show

    by C. E. on 7/17/19Brighton Music Hall presented by Citizens Bank - Boston

    Helado Negro was earnest, beautiful, and inspiring. Worth any amount to go and see him!

  • Rating: 5 out of 5

    Yassssss

    by ZoDee on 1/27/18The Foundry - Philadelphia

    An amazing show. I was honestly blown away by everything.

  • Rating: 4 out of 5

    Retro opener for Sufjan Stevens

    by krnsmiles on 3/18/16Dorothy Chandler Pavilion - Los Angeles

    What did I expect to hear when I went to see Sufjan perform "Carrie & Lowell," definitely not a Spanish, retro- electronic performance by Helado Negro. I was at the concession stand buying overpriced wine and goodies when I get a text from my buddies telling me to "hurry up because the opener is something else." And that's exactly what I did. I am so glad I did not miss "Young, Latin, and Proud." My friends do not speak even a little Spanish, but they are hooked on Helado Negro. My friend even got a vinyl signed by him after the show. My favorite song was "Arboles." It was such a great way to start the show. The whole thing was magical.