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The Spirit of the Drums: Bomba y Plena at La Casita

La Casita Cultural Center 2012 Bomba and Plena Festival

Nov 20, 2012 — Article by: Judy Holmes

Music, dance, and images in the Puerto Rican tradition were celebrated during the inaugural Bomba and Plena Festival, Sept. 4 to Oct. 5, 2012 presented by La Casita Cultural Center, 109 Otisco St., Syracuse, and La Liga, the Spanish Action League of Onondaga County. The festival included mask and skirt-making workshops, dance lessons, music, and an exhibition: Puerto Rican Bomba and Plena: A Graphic History.

This video was filmed during the Sept. 4 opening celebration and features the children and youth who attend Bomba dance classes at La Casita. Also appearing are Pedro “Capitol” Clemente, exhibit curator; Rita Paniagua, executive director of La Liga; and Luz Encarnacion, coordinator of La Casita's Bomba dance classes and domestic violence coordinator at La Liga. 

Bomba is a traditional form of Puerto Rican music and dance, featuring the use of the drum, other percussion instruments, and an African-derived call and response vocal style. La Casita's Bomba y Plena classes meet on Mondays, 3-4:30 p.m. The workshops are intergenerational, bringing together children, youth, and adults, even from the same family.

For more information about the classes, e-mail La Casita or call 315-443-1879.

About La Casita
La Casita is a vibrant cultural, artistic, and educational center supported by Syracuse University’s College of Arts and Sciences and the Office of the Chancellor.  The Center is committed to promoting and documenting the arts and culture of Central New York’s Latino/Latin American community through collaborative programming in the visual and expressive arts, education, and community activism.

Contact Information

The College of Arts and Sciences
jlholmes@syr.edu
315-443-1995