FESTIVAL DE BOMBA Y PLENA EN DFW
PUERTO RICAN FOLKLORIC MUSIC FESTIVAL
A festive and colorful celebration of «Bomba & Plena» music genre and performing artists. Afro-Puerto Rican dance celebration filled with history, heritage, and traditions.
HONORING: Ms. MARILY MARA BETANCOURT
Join us for a special tribute to Ms. Marily Mara Betancourt, «Godmother of the Puerto Rican Culture in DFW,» for her 25+ years dedicated to preserving and promoting our culture.
FREE GENERAL ADMISSION — FREE PARKING
— Free Children Face Painting
— Free Afro-Puerto Rican Bomba Dance Workshops
— Hand Drums Exhibition & Plenero Jammin' Session
— Culinary Sampling of Puerto Rico & the Caribbean
— Puerto Rican Art & Crafts, Folkloric Bomba/Plena/Jibaro Contest with Prizes
Sponsored in part by the City of Dallas Office of Cultural Affairs, Latino Cultural Center, Careington Latino, Vaka Lokka Restaurant, and Toyota of Irving-Efren Robles.
Produced by the Texas Puerto Rican Foundation (TexasPRF)
La Bomba is a traditional dance form on the island of Puerto Rico. Known as the dance of slaves, this dance was usually performed on sugar plantations.
The instrumentation of Bomba usually consists of two large drums, a «buleador» and. a «subidor»; and a maraca used by the main singer.
Bomba is a dialogue between the dancer and drummer. It starts with a female soloist called «Laina» who sings a phrase evoking a primitive call. The drummer plays a rhythm and the dancer responds in a «freestyle» manner while swishing their skirts around". Men usually wear all white and fedora hat and women wear plantation shirts and a headscarf.
La Plena is a genre of music, chant, and dance native to Ponce, Puerto Rico.
La Plena originated in Ponce around 1900. It was first heard in the neighborhood “Barriada de la Torre”, whose population consisted mostly of immigrants from St. Kitts, Tortola, and St. Thomas, who had settled on the island since the late 1800s. Originally, sung texts were not associated with the Plena, which was rendered by guitar, accordion and pandero, but eventually, in 1907, singing was added.
La Plena was often called the “periódico cantado” or «sung newspaper» for the lower classes because it spread messages among people, similar to the corridos in Mexico. The traditional center of plena was probably San Antón, a barrio of Ponce, although the black neighborhood of Loíza is also mentioned as the heartland of the genre. Its popularity peaked in the 1920s.