"El Batey de Bomba"

 Music Education Project in La Perla

Musical Director: Dr. William Cepeda (Grammy Winner)

Amount:15+ participants were selected to build Bomba Barrels with a artisan Juan Fuentes, then learn to play them with Maestro John Rivera. Harmonies and dancing to the Bomba rhytms with Maribella  Burgos from "El Junte Loiceño" are also taughed.

1. Drums building classes were given:

  • Saturdays from 12 noon to 5 pm

  • Each participant had a finished barrel by the end of the           10-week program.

2. Bomba dance, and singing.

  • Wednesdays from 6pm to 8pm

At the end of the training program each participant was able to:​

  • Executive the different rhythms of the drum, maraxa and cua.

  • Learn and sing traditional Bomba songs and new ones.

  • Be able to execute basic steps, walks and pickets in different rhythms.

16 BOMBA DRUMS AND 2 CUA WERE CREATED AT THE WORKSHOP

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