Performing in the Castellano Playhouse, we will have Batey Tambó, a women of color-led cultural group in Oakland and San Francisco, deeply rooted in the Afro-Indigenous Puerto Rican Bomba tradition.
Batey Tambó has two free 45-minute sets starting at 7:30 pm and one at 8:30 pm on Friday.
MACLA/Movimiento de Arte y Cultura Latino Americana
510 S 1st St San Jose, CA 95113
Co-director Denise Solís, founder of the all-female ensemble Las Bomberas de la Bahia, is a pioneer as one of the first women to play the Subidor (lead drum) in Bomba. Julia Caridad Cepeda, also co-director, comes from the esteemed Cepeda Family with an 8-generation history in Bomba.
Together, they lead Taller Bombalele Bomba Classes,fostering the tradition in the Bay Area.
Batey Tambó’s mission is to engage in discussions on racial, gendered, and geopolitical contexts through Bomba.This musical tradition, born from the transatlantic slave trade, served as atool for survival and communication among freed Africans and indigenous peoples in Puerto Rico. Batey Tambó, through Taller Bombalele, offers classes,workshops, and performances to honor the diverse histories of the Latinx Diaspora, promoting healing and liberation. “La Bomba es Vida.”