Rebecca and I attended Buya‘s video premier for Candela at the House of Blues Chicago on August 27, 2015. The evening included a live performance from this Chicago-based ensemble that has used performances and workshops to share the Afro-Puerto Rican tradition of Bomba. The group will be together 6 years in November. After releasing their first album, “Buya Live,” the group has now created a music video for their single, Candela. This video takes a raw look at issues, such as police brutality, that are impacting communities of color.
Buya describes their new video:
Candela is a video collaboration developed by artist-educator team Brenda Torres-Figueroa and Arif Smith in conjunction with the performance ensemble Buya. Co-directed by Samuel Reyes and Samuel Vega, the video combines site specific work from Chicago and Ponce, Puerto Rico along with archival footage that urgently directs our attention to various contemporary injustices. Candela’s goal is to connect coordinates found between Puerto Rican and African diasporas while mapping entrenched racial and political violence and protest. For example, Ponce is well known for the Massacre of 1937, where over two hundred people were wounded and nineteen unarmed Nationalists were executed by state police. Candela explores how the Ponce Massacre of 1937 and the current climate of police brutality and state sanctioned violence across the United States might share similar political and racial dimensions.
Check out the photo recap of the evening below:
photo credit: Charles Chatman Photography
Watch the trailer for Candela below.
Buya will have several more showings of the video Candela before it is officially released. There is not an admission fee for these events, which include the video screening and concert; however, seating is limited. Dates include:
Candela at The Franklin
Saturday October 3, 2015 2 to 4pm
3522 W Franklin Blvd. Chicago IL
Candela at Elastic Arts Foundation
Sunday, October 11, 6 to 8pm
3429 W Diversey Ave #208, Chicago, IL
Candela at Austin Town Center
Friday, October 23, 2015 6 to 8pm
5610 W Lake St, Chicago, IL
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