BOMBA! Let’s Make That Drum Talk! ®
Sunday, January 15 / 4:00 – 5:30 pm / $17
Join acclaimed Bomba dancer, choreographer, educator and Puerto Rican native, Milteri Tucker Concepcion, for a workshop in Afro-Puerto Rican BOMBA dance!
Bomba is characterized by playful communication between dancer and drummer. Come learn the rhythms, steps, and skirt technique of Afro-Puerto Rican Bomba dance from master dancer and Bombazo Dance Company founder, Milteri Tucker Concepcion. The dance is executed in a conversation where the drummer accentuates the dancer’s movements. Enjoy live music from Bombazo Dance Company drummers as you enhance your practice of Making The Drum Talk!®
Dating back to the 17th century among slaves residing in the coastal areas of the island of Puerto Rico, Bomba was a form of entertainment permitted by plantation owners. This cultural tradition focuses on the interaction among drummers, singers and dancers. It was conceived as a form of respect and liberation among people of African descent and marginalized by the elite society of the island. According to William Cepeda, the word Bomba originates from the Ghanaian language “bomaa” pronounced “bombaa,” which has been defined in the English language as “a big drum.” The songs are in the form of call-and-response, a common practice in traditional African and Caribbean song folk tales.