bomba con buya

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BOMBA CON BUYA is a Chicago-based ensemble that aims to preserve and advance bomba. Developed during the 18th century among Puerto Rico’s African descendants, bomba is the island’s oldest surviving music and dance form. Buya means “good spirit” in Taino, the language spoken among Puerto Rico’s indigenous population, and Bomba Con Buya strives to embody that idea while sharing the tradition through concerts, workshops, and community engagement. 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). Bomba con Buya released the album Buya Live in 2015. They have played widely across Chicago, from established locations like the Segundo Ruiz Belvis Cultural Center and The Washington Park Arts Incubator to more unlikely spaces, like a train car on the CTA Blue Line. Active members include TEO LOPEZ, ROBERTO PEREZ, IVELISSE LOPEZ, LAUREN BROOKS, JONATHAN PACHECO, ARIF SMITH, and ANGEL FUENTES.