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Music & Dance

Hijos de Agueybana


Exploring the Bomba

In this workshop everyone will interact with the basic elements of the musical genre of the Puerto Rican Bomba.

Exploring the use of the Bomba as a vehicle of expression, an element of resistance and the impact of this in the formation of the Puerto Rican identity.

Objectives: Exploring the history and context of identity through the different elements of the musical genre of la Bomba. Will evaluate the element of resistance as an enduring value. They will relate with the vocabulary: Batey, Maraca, Cuas, Buleador, Primo / Subidor, Call / Response, Sica and Cuemba. The Walk or paseo and Basic Step.

Learning Activities: Present each one of the instruments and their functions. Recreate a batey and the traditional dynamics in an Bomba dance. Showing how each instrument contributes to the construction of a Bomba Dance.

Artist bio

The group Hijos de Agueybana directed by Otoqui Reyes consists of eight artists, all committed to preserving their Afro-Caribbean roots. The group has over ten years experience both of performing and offering workshops and courses on the historical and cultural significance of the genre of bomba. They have presented their dance and music to both national and international audiences across the Americas. In the Caribbean the African drum is central to cultural identity creating harmony, solidarity and leadership in both the music itself and the musicians who perform it, helping maintain social structure in communities and villages all over the Island.

Otoqui Reyes


(206) 209-7790

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