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Folk Art: Bomba!

October 1, 2023

1:00 pm - 3:00 pm


Please join us for Bomba! – a fun afternoon of Puerto Rican Drumming & Dance on Sunday, October 1 from 1-3PM!

Pelham Art Center welcomes internationally-acclaimed performer/educator and Bronx native Jose Ortiz, a.k.a. Dr. Drum, to lead the community in a Bomba music celebration. Bomba is an African-derived music and dance tradition developed in Puerto Rico. With call-and-response singing, drumming and dance, BombaYo will kindle the joy of this Afro-Puerto Rican art form and ignite the ancestral rhythms of Bomba.

Following the music celebration, “Bomba drum” coloring sheets will be available for attendees to color in & take home with them!

Full performance schedule below:

Solo presentation on “What is Bomba” by Dr. Drum. Approximately 1 hour, 1:15-2:15

A) History intro to: Bomba Boricua; an education of the African influence in Puerto Rican culture

B) Intro to the 5 popular rhythms that are rooted in Bomba music

C) Community engagement through songs and dance: Audience participation in Bomba music and dance

*This event is free and open to the public. *Sensory Warning for Visitors Who May Be Sensitive to Drumming or Loud Sounds.