The Wright Museum


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Join The Wright Museum and special guests, Bomba Rica, for a traditional Afro-Puerto Rican drum and dance circle for the entire family!  The event will include a description of the Bomba; demonstration of the dance and drum movement; and finally, crowd participation.
Bomba is a dialogue between dancer and drummer.  It's a musical duel where the lead drummer and dancer challenge each other in syncopation and melody by gesturing with their hands, feet, arms, shoulders, and for women - their skirts.  The dance usually involves the entire community and can go on for hours, even days, without interruption through the changing of singers, drummers and dancers of all ages.  With its roots firmly placed in West Africa, it was during slavery that our ancestors used it to communicate our joys, sadness, and even romance on the sugarcane plantations of the island.  Today it is played during the festivals celebrated throughout the island and the mainland and has various styles such as sica, leró, yubá, cunyá, babú and belén.  La Bomba is the ultimate in audience participation and celebration!

This event is FREE and open to the public.  In case of rain, the Bomba circle will be held inside the Museum.

Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History
315 East Warren Avenue
Detroit, Michigan 48201-1443
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