Wednesday, January 28, 2009
Saturday, January 24, 2009
Rumba en NY/NJ
1) AFROLATINO CAFÉ Con Rumba Cubana
Place: Brecht Forum, 451 West St (West Side Hwy) btw Bank & Bethune Sts./entre Bank y Bethune St.
Time: Every Other Sunday 5:30 pm – 9 pm Suggested donation: $6
Jan. 25, Feb 8, Feb 22, Mar 8, Mar 22, Apr 5, Apr 19, May 3
Directions: From the subway station at 14th St and 8th Ave, walk down 8th Ave to Bethune St, turn right on Bethune and walk 3 blocks west to West Side Highway. Turn left and Brecht Forum is on that block. By car, take W. 11th St west to the West Side Highway, turn right and the Brecht Forum is a block and a half north. To contact Brecht Forum: www.brechtforum.org (212) 242-4201.
2) CLUB CUCALAMBE
Place: 4418 Bergenline Ave @ 45th St (2nd floor above La Roca supermarket)/ @ 45th St. (2do piso arriba del supermercado La Roca)
Union City, NJ
Time: Sundays 5 pm – 9 pm
3) “RUMBA DEL BARRIO” en LOS GALLOS SOCIAL CLUB
Place: 339 E. 115th St. btwn. 1 and 2 Ave., 2nd floor/entre la 1ra y la 2a Av. (2do piso)
El Barrio, New York, NY
Time: Sundays 8 pm – 1 am
Friday, January 23, 2009
Thursday, January 22, 2009
(Property of Yerbabuena, Inc)
Back in 06', Tato Torres and Bryan Vargas (producer) put out an album entitled, "Boricua Roots Music". I wasn't in NY at the time, and I honestly forgot how I got my hands on the CD (maybe on Ebay?), but I did and gladly so. For me, this was a first in showcasing the talents of a new breed of NY percussionist, as cats like Nicky Laboy, Obanilu Allende, Jorge Vazquez made up the roster. Whether they played a seis corrido, holandes, plena, sica, etc...it swung and it demanded attention. If your like me, buying a cd in a way is like buying into the reputation of the individuals listed on the liner notes, and since I saw names I was familiar with (i.e. Nicky, Oba, Jorge, Bryan V, Tato, Raquel Z Rivera), I knew this was going to be a project that was worth the price of admission.
Bomba y Plena has had a long history of development in NYC. Notable groups and players such as Heny Alvarez, Aurora Florez and Yeyito (Amigos de la Plena), Victor Moñtanez y Los Pleneros de la 110, Sammy and Nelly Tanco, and of course Chema and his crew have all kept the artform alive and kickin' since the late 60's, 70's, also Willie did mention to not forget to put down Jovan Romero, (please forgive if I missed anyone). Nowadays groups like Alma Moyo, Bambula, Zon del Barrio, LP21, Yaya, and Yerbabuena are continuing to not only carry the torch, but blaze new paths in keeping this tradition a "living tradition" and not just a remnant of the past.
So all that to say, that Yerbabuena's offering, "Boricua Roots Music" is as Tato says,
"Like nothing you've ever heard before, and yet like everything that leads to a contemporary Puerto Rican musical expression... like our parents record collection on our turntables... "
I especially like "Lola/No Me Cuques", as it goes from an energetic "seis corrido" to a equally energetic, yet different "holandes".
More from Yerbabuena's Myspace site:
YERBABUENA (one word) is a group of individuals who come together to play the music that they love under the musical direction of singer-composer-musician Tato Torres. It is composed of musicians, singers and dancers from the New York City area, who share an intense passion for the musical traditions of Puerto Rico and the Caribbean. The last thing that will come to your mind while at a YERBABUENA event is that you're watching a show, it feels more like a cross between a jam in the park, a spiritual ceremony and a family reunion. They convey wholeness and harmony, and their music is moving beyond belief. The music they play is, by nature, participatory. Whether bomba, plena or música jíbara, it's all interactive. And being witness to their vibrant sounds and the deep joy that making music together gives them, just leaves the audience no choice but to join in the chorus or dance for the drums. After a YERBABUENA session, you'll be uplifted, tired and happy.
The concept of YERBABUENA developed during the summer of 1999 at the renowned Rincón Criollo Cultural Center (aka "La Casita de Chema") in the heart of the South Bronx, and has been growing since. It developed out of the need for cultural expression, redefinition and re-appropriation of the Puerto Rican musical heritage by a new generation of Boricuas. For a long time, Puerto Rican musical traditions have been constricted by commercial culture and generally limited to holidays and "folkloric" presentations.YERBABUENA is an important part of the struggle to develop and promote identity through living Puerto Rican musical traditions such as bomba, plena and música jíbara.
While well-recognized Boricuas like Willie Colón, Marc Anthony and Ricky Martin are known worldwide for their "Latin" flavor, groups like Plena Libre, Los Pleneros de la 21, Viento de Agua, and now YERBABUENA, have been changing the way people listen to traditional Puerto Rican music in New York City and beyond. YERBABUENA reclaims the Puerto Rican music often branded as "folkloric," refusing to accept its packaging as frozen-in-time museum pieces, only vaguely connected to contemporary culture. Instead, they make gorgeous music that incorporates past and present. YERBABUENA taps right into the core of who Boricuas are as a People.
Boricua Roots Music
Boricua Roots Music is a musical movement in which Boricua musicians have combined and re-combined elements of traditional and/or folkloric music as contemporary musical expressions. This style of modern music, which reaches back to the roots of Boricua (Puerto Rican) tradition has come to be called "roots music" or "música de raíz" in Spanish. The movement is also often referred to simply as "roots" or "raíces" in Spanish.
So if you want to buy the CD and are in the NYC area, you can go to:
El Barrio Music Center1870 Lexington Ave. (bet. 115 & 116 Sts.),El Barrio, NYC
Casa Amadeo Record Shop786 Prospect Ave.,The Bronx, NYC
If not, you can get it through their myspace site.
Now, I can't wait till Alma Moyo, puts out their CD, which is supposedly in the making from what I hear...
Tuesday, January 20, 2009
Monday, January 19, 2009
From the looks of it, I think this was at a gig in support of Obama. Ilu Aye with Oludare Bernard (son of Canute Bernard, ibae) to the left on okonkolo, I think JBlak is on Iya, Emery Damon is to the right on itotele and Bembesito is singing akpwon of course. Bembe gave me permission to post this, as I thought it would be nice to post a pic showing some of the other cats that play with Anya Ade.
Saturday, January 17, 2009
Thursday, January 15, 2009
Message from Julia:
Just a quick reminder that Alma Moyo's Bomba dance and percussion dance classes will begin next Thursday, January 22nd @ 7:00 pm - all students, ages and skill levels are welcomed! Ladies - please bring a dance skirt if it's available to youPercussion Students - please bring your own instruments! Any questions, please feel free to contact me! See you all there!
Julia L. Gutierrez-Rivera
Wednesday, January 14, 2009
(Danny Maldonado, Camilo Molina, JBlak, Photo Credit: Harold Martinez)
Without question Ilu Aye is one of the NY Folkloric music Scene's most important groups. Not only are they playing Afro Caribbean music of the highest caliber, but the group has been fertile ground for other young new talents (besides the mainstays). Those that make up the roster of Ilu Aye belong to an extended family of percussionists, dancers, historians, artisans, photographers, videographers, designers (graphic, etc...), singers, that all share and co-exist among each other. Your almost guaranteed to see members of Ilu Aye playing with Alma Moyo, and vice versa, much in the same way you wouldn't be surprised to see Julia Gutierrez (LP21) dancing at a gig in which Ilu Aye is playing.
I posed the question to Jonathan Troncoso, and this is what he had to say about the beginnings of Ilu Aye (03'):
"The first members of "La Yuma" were me, Nicky (Nicky Laboy), Bembe (Osvaldo Lora), Papote (Papote Jimenez, member of Cachimba Inolvidable), David Gomez (timbalero and batalero extraordinaire), Ramin (Ramin Quintana, currently in Tampa and playing with Rene Lopez II) and Oba (Obanilu Allende), but --- tried to change the name to "Tambu Ire" and we had a big argument and because of the argument we asked our muertos, "What was going to be the name?" And we started putting in names like "Ilu Ire", and the muerto said no, then we asked what about "Ilu Ara Aye" and the muerto said no, and then we asked about "Ilu Aye" and the muerto said yes with flying colors..." (JBlak, 09)When you look at the how the group started probably not one of the members were over 30, and many probably weren't even over 25 if that. If you are in NY area, and Ilu Aye is playing, you need to catch them. More info to come...
...Jonathan just sent me some more info to clarify, just in case my post was misleading in any way.
Monday, January 12, 2009
Saturday, January 10, 2009
Now that is not only alot of information to go through but also alot of material to edit. So until now we are still working on being able to present to you the clips in a manner we feel most presentable. The amount of information and conviction from which Felix told us his history was not only informative, but moving as well. For Willie and I, that is all the validation we need to "do what we do".
(Felix doing his thing, Video Credit: Ralph Duque)
Thursday, January 8, 2009
Wednesday, January 7, 2009
Tribute to Orlando "Puntilla" Rios Concert Master Afro-Cuban Bata DrummerJanuary 10th 2009 – 7.00pm
Special Performances by: Nueva Generacion – founded by Orlando "Puntilla" Rios and Olufemi Mitchell
New Yor-Uba - founded by Michele Rosewoman
And a short preview of the documentary When the Spirits Dance Mambo. Produced by CCCADI.
Musical Director Puntilla
firstname.lastname@example.org or 212-307-7420 ext 3006
Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture 515 Malcolm X Blvd @ West 135th St New York, NY 10037 Tickets: $15 each To purchase tickets, call The Schomburg Shop at (212) 491-2206. Ticket charge hours, Tuesday through Saturday, Noon to 6 p.m. Part of the proceeds will be donated towards a youth drummer scholarship in recognition of Puntilla Orlando "Puntilla" Rios joined the ancestors on August 12th, 2008. This concert will celebrate the contributions that Orlando "Puntilla" Rios has made to maintaining the rich sacred Afro Cuban traditions in New York City and internationally. A master traditional leader, popular musician, teacher and mentor since his arrival to New York from Cuba he shared his profound knowledge with all communities. For more information please contact Monthina Williams
Tuesday, January 6, 2009
Thursdays, 7:00 pm8:30 pm
Hybrid Fight Dance Studios
1828 Amsterdam Ave (btwn 150 151 Sts)
Washington Heights, NY 10031
C train to 155th Street
STARTING JANUARY 22ND, 2009
ALL ARE WELCOME!
DANCE & PERCUSSION CLASSES
Honoring our cultural heritage and spiritual legacy
Alexander LaSalle (Director, Alma Moyó)
Julia GutiérrezRivera (dance teacher)
For more information: email@example.com / firstname.lastname@example.org
www.almamoyo.com / http://www.myspace.com.almamoyo/
Alma Moyo is an Afro-Boricua musical group dedicated to the preservation of Puerto Rico's oldest living African musical and cultural tradition, la Bomba. Founded in 2002, under the musical direction of Alexander Vale LaSalle (Moca, Puerto Rico), the group's members are a talented intergenerational mix of musicians, educators, community organizers and historians from Puerto Rico and the Caribbean. Offering performances, school-based residencies, workshops and lectures, since its inception, Alma Moyo has toured regionally and collaborated with numerous bomba collectives in the US and Puerto Rico, all to critical acclaim. The group is hailed as the next movement in Pan-Caribbean Musical Expression, and is considered as NYC's new bomba ensemble powerhouse.
BOMBA has its roots in the Western coast of Africa and especially in the Congo/Bantu people of Central Africa. Bomba refers to a Bantu word that translates according to the Kikongo language into "drum" and "music". Bomba arrived in Puerto Rico during the slave trade in the late 1500's, where it continued to evolve, picking up influences from New Orleans, Haiti, Guadaloupe and other Caribbean islands. Bomba music follows the Call and Response tradition common to all African music and has served as a means of communication where members of the community express the reality of their daily life through song and dance.
About the Instructors:
Alexander LaSalle, a researcher & lecturer of the oral history of Afro Antillean traditions, Mr. LaSalle is a skilled percussionist, songwriter and singer whose versatile musical talents lend themselves to singing Afro-Boricua, Afro-Dominican, Afro-Cuban and Haitian traditional music. As the founder/director of Alma Moyo, one of NYC's most powerful Bomba ensembles, Alex works dedicatedly to honor the legacy and voice of the ancestors from the bomba communities stemming from Mayagüez, Cataño and Guayama. Alex is a member of Los Pleneros de la 21, Juan Usera y La Tribu and has performed with numerous groups both in Puerto Rico and throughout the United States
Julia L. Gutiérrez-Rivera weaned as a child on bomba and plena, received formal training as a part of Los Pleneros de la 21's Bomba and Plena Children's Worshops' Pioneer Class. As a young woman, she is now recognized as one of NYC's premier Bomba and Plena dancers of her generation. Taught by many of NY's bomba and plena luminaries, including founding members of Los Pleneros de la 21, Eugenia Ramos, Paco Rivera, Tito Cepeda, and Roberto Cepeda, Julia embraces diverse regional influences in her dance as a member of Los Pleneros de la 21, Alma Moyo, and Bámbula. Julia has also worked with La Tribu, William Cepeda's Afro-Boricua and Afro-Rican Jazz ensembles, Papo Vázquez Pirate Troubadours and Plena Libre. Julia has provided workshops for students of all ages nationally for the past four years.
Monday, January 5, 2009
Sunday, January 4, 2009
Friday, January 2, 2009
Thanks to all...
all others whom have contributed in some form or fashion...