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Posted on: September 15, 2023

[ARCHIVED] Bomba Beats: Journey into Puerto Rico's Heritage through Music and Dance


Discover the music of Bomba! Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month with the Woodbridge Main Library October 11 at 7PM as Kim Ruiz executive director of the Puerto Rican Association for Human Development (PRAHD) highlights their Bomba Academy!

Bomba, a Puerto Rican musical genre, emerged from the labor of West African enslaved individuals and their descendants over 400 years ago on colonial plantations. Today, it embodies the island's profound African heritage, resonating as cherished folk music.

Embark on a journey into the African Influence on the Hispanic Caribbean, through PRAHD's Bomba Academy's captivating performances. Watch members of the academy demonstrate remarkable Bomba skills, guided by instructors Nelson Baez, a drumming master, and Magda Baez, a dance virtuoso, both brimming with passion for Puerto Rico's rich history.

Everyone, regardless of their background, are invited to partake in this cultural experience and embrace the beauty of Bomba.

Registration is required! Please register HERE or call 732-634-4450.

The Puerto Rican Association for Human Development, Inc. (PRAHD) was created in Perth Amboy, New Jersey by a group of concerned community leaders/professionals who sought to provide supportive services to disadvantaged Perth Amboy youth. In May 1974, PRAHD was incorporated as a 501(c) (3) non-profit organization and began to operate state funded anti-delinquency programming within Perth Amboy.

After the success of PRAHD’s youth services, the organization expanded into more comprehensive activities and re-dedicated its efforts towards ensuring the success and advancement of individuals in need. More than forty-five years later, PRAHD has grown into a thriving comprehensive human services agency that serves thousands of New Jersey residents throughout Middlesex, Monmouth, Union and Hudson counties.

National Hispanic Heritage Month traditionally honors the cultures and contributions of both Hispanic and Latino Americans as we celebrate heritage rooted in all Latin American countries. During this month and throughout the year, the National Park Service and our partners, share history, heritage, and accomplishments of Hispanic and Latino Americans of past and present.

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