Chicago music group Buya is serious about taking Bomba to new heights. Their recent video on the CTA’s Blue Line train has created a huge viral buzz and they are preparing to record their first live album.
What is Bomba?
Bomba is a musical expression that was created in the coastal regions of Puerto Rico by West African descendents and is said to date back to the end of the 17th century. Through Bomba (which combines singing, dancing, and music), Africans were able to express emotions about slavery, as well as use it as a form of spiritual strength. It can be described as a conversation between a dancer and a drummer and often took place during social and community events.
Who is the group Buya?
Buya is a Chicago-based ensemble that focuses on keeping the Afro-Puerto Rican musical tradition, Bomba, alive.
“Buya means ‘good spirit’ in Taino, the language spoken among Puerto Rico’s indigenous population. We strive to embody this idea. Through performances, workshops, and community engagement, Buya aims to preserve and advance the Bomba tradition. This includes artistic dialogue with historians and performers from Puerto Rico, and collaborative work with various Chicago-based musicians and dancers from Belize (Laruni Hati), Haiti (Tamboula), and Mexico (JaroChicanos).”
What did Buya do on the CTA Blue Line train?
Buya blessed CTA Blue Line passengers with a live and energetic performance. Check out this video and the awesome response from the passengers!
Help Buya celebrate their 5-year Anniversary!
“After five years of performing and touring, Buya is excited to record our first live album! The positive response to our recent performance on the CTA Blue Line has added to our excitement and we hope to harness that energy as we prepare for our next project…Buya has been working tirelessly to ensure that Bomba is a recognizable force within Chicago’s cultural landscape and beyond.
This album is special because it will capture our innovative yet traditional approach to Bomba along with the infectious energy of our live performance. We hope that our effort will help increase the visibility of Bomba in Chicago while documenting its capacity to inspire and unify people from different backgrounds.”
Click here to support Buya!
Watch Buya discuss Bomba and perform on Chicago’s Windy City Live this week.
Connect with Buya at the links below!
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