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Adult Bomba y Plena Workshop

February 12, 2017 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

|Recurring Event (See all)

An event every week that begins at 1:00pm on Sunday, repeating until February 17, 2019


Adult Bomba y Plena Workshop: Dance, Percussion and Song
Sundays 1-3pm | $15/class- All Levels/Drop-ins welcome

Instructors: Shefali Shah & Hector Lugo | Location: Theater Space

For more information: bombaaguacero@gmail.com

During these classes series, students will learn dance, songs, drum rhythms, and history. Classes culminate in student performances. For those interested in staying healthy, connecting with the community or learning a rich musical tradition, Bomba is for you.

Bomba reflects the powerful forces that shaped Puerto Rico’s history, emerging from the African experience on the island before the 1700’s. Bomba music and dance originated in the sugar cane plantations and was played, danced and sung as a means to express daily hardships, cope with oppression, and escape captivity. Bomba is the oldest living musical tradition of Puerto Rico. The Bomba ensemble consists of “barriles” or barrel drums with goat skins, a “maraca” played by the lead singer, and a pair of “cuas”, or sticks traditionally played on the wooden body of the drum. Inspired and guided by songs and the drum rhythms, dancers improvise their movements in a dynamic communication with the “primo” or lead drum.

This class is open to all levels and drop-ins are welcome. Instruction is geared to different levels and skills from beginner to more advanced.


La Peña Cultural Center
3105 Shattuck Ave
Berkeley, CA 94705 United States