Guayama, Puerto Rico
Describe the work that you do…
As a performer, teacher and artist, I have dedicated 24 years of my life learning, preserving and teaching people from all walks of life about our rich and vibrant Afro-Puerto Rican culture. As a performer and teacher, I have worked to help preserve Bomba music and dance, which, is the oldest genre of Puerto Rican music.
Why is the work important?
The work is important because it is part of our DNA, our music carries answers to who we are and where we come from. I have been in Bomba since I was 5 years old and it has helped me understand who I am as a Puerto Rican Woman. It has allowed me to discover who I am, in all my complexities. It has given me purpose and direction, it has allowed me to express myself while affirming my cultural identity.
Why are you a proud Puerto Rican?
Being Puerto Rican is being strong, resilient, creative, resourceful, persistent, beautiful, talented and love! Because it is what informs me about the world and allows me to see the beauty in everything around me.
What song is currently in repeat rotation for you?
Currently, I have been listening to La India as I have been preparing to do a show in tribute to her. It also happens to be that she is my Idol, so I am super excited to be performing her songs on September 6th at The Wild Hare.
What book is at the top of your favorite book list?
Although I haven’t had a chance to keep up with my reading lately, my favorite book is The Coldest Winter Ever by Sista Souljah.
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