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Bomba: Afro-Puerto Rican Music and Dance Workshop

October 14 @ 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM

 n honor of Hispanic heritage month, Yemaya Productions presents in partnership with Calle Bomba, Project: Tambour Cimarron, the Latin American Cultural Union, and Sankofa Village, BOMBA: AFRO-PUERTO RICAN MUSIC AND DANCE WORKSHOP, taking place on Saturday, October 14th from 4:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. at Sankofa Village for the Arts, located at 201 N. Braddock Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15208.

Come learn the songs rhythms and dances of traditional Afro-Puerto Rican Culture! There will be live drumming, Bomba performances, as well as instruction in Bomba dance, drumming, and singing!

Calle Bomba is a music ensemble of Puerto Rican locals Bomba drummer, dancer, singer María Eugenia “Geña” Nieves Escoriaza, Bomba performer and dance instructor, Gloria Rodríguez-Ransom, and accompanied by some of the best percussionists from the Tri-State area. Calle Bomba is based on Puerto Rican Bomba ‘rumbones’ (unplanned, generous, block parties) that are spontaneous community generated celebrations that respond directly to community happenings, needs and values. Puerto Rican Bomba is the principal musical genre deployed by island residents for the purpose of spontaneous, non-programmed, individual, and community expression. The Puerto Rican Bomba rhythms, music, dance, lyrics and tradition emerged back in the 17th century from the synergy created by the coming together of Indigenous (Taino), African, and European cultures call-and-response musical forms and drumming patterns, but also incorporate aspects of Taino ‘areito’ (song/dance at a designated court).

This workshop will include interactive performance and instruction in the three, basic, Bomba skills: drumming, dancing, and singing. Joining us in this workshop are instructors Kenya Dworkin, (educational) Geña (drum, dance, lyric); and Gloria Rodriguez (dance, lyrics) accompanied by drummers Anthony Mitchell, Akin Lowman, and Dante Mitchell from Project: Tambour Cimarron. 

The cost for the workshop is $15 in advance for adult ticket or $20 at the door and $5 for child ticket. Advance tickets on sale until October 12th at 11:30 p.m. Email us at yemayaproductions@gmail.com for questions. Visit us on the web at yemayaproductiongs.org. NOTE: This is a family friendly event.


October 14 - October 14


4:00 PM - 5:30 PM

Sankofa Villiage for the Arts

201 N. Braddock Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15208 United States

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