Raíces de Borinquen is a group of volunteers dedicated to promote appreciation and preservation of traditional Afro-Puerto Rican music (Bomba & Plena), in the Washington DC Greater Metropolitan area. Our group understands the importance of history, popular traditions and culture, and the research and education of foundational traditional knowledge as a mean of reaffirming the public of their own identity. We have invested in many connections and very important relationships in order to further our professional development, our knowledge, and add validity to the work of our group.
We recognize the value of eldership, academics, lived experiences and artistry as valuable sources of knowledge. For this reason, we decided to receive Bomba and Plena master Jorge Emmanuelli Náter of the renowned “Hermanos Emmanuelli Náter” family as our official mentor. In the academic field, we have embraced independent researcher and anthropologist, Melanie Maldonado Díaz. We have also receive artistic influence from master Bomba and Plena dancer and choreographer Elia Cortés of Taller Tamboricua, Tito Rodríguez, Director of AfriCaribe, percussionist and musician, Hector "Coco" Barez, and Juan Cartagena of Segunda Quimbamba of New Jersey. Other resources within our group of volunteers include people with valuable lived experiences, testimonials and independent research such as Jimmy Nadal, nephew of Bomba practitioner Felix Alduén.
We are committed to provide our community with a local cultural venue or "soberao for Bombazos" that will bring the community together through the songs and rhythms of Puerto Rico as our personal contribution to our youth and the American public in general. Raíces de Borinquen encourages everyone to stay connected to our group through Facebook where we will keep you informed and updated of all of our projects, programs, workshops and local events. Please stay tuned... ¡POR LA CULTURA!