Puerto Rican Organization for the Performing Arts presents The 1st Bomba Research Conference / September 2-3, 2005

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This is the first encounter of the elders, researchers, practitioners and academics interested in the sharing of research related to this AfroPuerto Rican music and dance form. The two-day conference will take place in the historic Puerto Rican enclave of Humboldt Park in Chicago over Labor Day weekend.

The 1st Bomba Research Conference will be held in Chicago, Illinois on September 2-3, 2005 (Labor Day weekend) at the Humboldt Park Vocational Center. The conference coincides with Fiesta Boricua, a festival that celebrates Puerto Rican heritage and culture, to be held on Sunday, September 4, 2005. Sponsored by the Puerto Rican Organization for the Performing Arts - a Chicago based entity working to promote knowledge of Puerto Rican folk and popular culture - the conference will serve as an opportunity for practitioners and academics from Puerto Rico and the United States to present their research on Bomba, Puerto Rico’s most vital AfroPuerto Rican music and dance idiom. This conference will allow participants to share resources, promote responsibility and facilitate cohesion; it will also serve as a foundation upon which future collaborations can be made.

The 1st Bomba Research Conference will build upon the work being conducted in various communities throughout Puerto Rico and the United States. Some of the topics being discussed in the conference include, but are not limited to:

  •     The commercialization of Bomba
  •     Bomba recordings
  •     The cultural and ethnic roots of Bomba
  •     Regional variations on the Island and in the U.S.
  •     The urban influence in the U.S.
  •     Intersections between Bomba and other musical forms
  •     Bomba as a form of resistance
  •     Gender roles
  •     The folklorization of Bomba
  •     Current issues within the Bomba community

Conference Venue:

Humboldt Park Vocational Center

1645 North California Avenue

Chicago, IL 60647-5101

Evening Activities:

  •     Semi-Formal Baile de Bomba on Friday, September 2nd at 8:00 p.m., location: Coco’s, 2723 W. Division St.
  •     Bombazo on Saturday, September 3rd at 8:00 p.m., location: La Casita de Don Pedro, 2625 W. Division St.

Anticipated attendance by members of the following: AfriCaribe - Chicago; Alma Moyo – NYC; Arcoiris – Minneapolis; Areito Borincano – San Diego; Ballet Folklorico de Piñones – Piñones, Puerto Rico; Bambula – NYC; Bomba Boricua – NYC; Cacique y Kongo and Son Boricua – San Francisco Bay Area; Capa Prieta – NYC; Felix Romero y su Teatro de Bomba – NYC; Grupo Yoruba – Rhode Island; Grupo Yuba – Chicago; Juan Usera y la Tribu – NYC; La Casita Rincon Criollo – NYC; Nuestro Tambo - Chicago; Los Pleneros de la 21 – NYC; Raices de Borinquen – Philadelphia; Raices de Borinquen – Washington, D.C.; Segunda Quimbamba - Jersey City; Yaya – NYC; Yerba Buena – NYC; and others

Contact Information:

Melanie Maldonado

(773) 454-7704

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