(Live Blog Post) Women Who Rock: Bomba Workshop – AFRAM 337 Section A, Group 5

As we are introduced to the workshop, the lead speaker highlights the importance of the beats of the drums because it connects the dancers to the world. The speaker emphasizes the importance of not only dancing to the music, but dancing with the music as well. As the beats of the drums begin, claps begin to roar that mimic the beginnings of a slow thunder clap. The crowd begins to sway as the workshops begins. We are told that it is important to say hello before beginning the dance, to greet our ancestors and to pay respects to the 400-year-old tradition. As the crowd begins to move, the beats of the drums mimic and reflect their every move. Bomba is known as the oldest genre of music from Puerto Rico. When a drummer and the lead dancer switch places, we are introduced to the Spanish word, Paseo, meaning a leisurely walk or stroll. As the dance floor expands, the dance moves get bigger, and the energy picks up. In the third and final dance, the lead dancer brings out a shaker and a call and response begins. The crowd response with, “Hey Hey! Hey Ma Ma!”. – Paolo Eleccion

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