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Viento de Agua - Traditional Bomba [Live at the 2004 Smithsonian Folklife Festival]
Bomba is percussion-driven music created by enslaved Africans in Puerto Rico during the 17th century. To them, bomba was a source of political and spiritual expression. The lyrics conveyed a sense of anger and sadness about their condition, and songs served as a catalyst for resistance and uprisings. But bomba also moved them to dance and celebrate, helping them create community and identity. The music evolved through contact between slave populations from different Caribbean colonies and regions. As a result, bomba now has sixteen different rhythms to mark the pace of the singing and dance. This Viento de Agua performance at the 2004 Smithsonian Folklife Festival demonstrates the gracimá and hoyoemula rhythms. To hear examples of bomba, or to purchase bomba music by Los Pleneros de la 21, please visit: For more information on the history of bomba: Smithsonian Folkways: Facebook: Twitter: Instagram: The content and comments posted here are subject to the Smithsonian Institution copyright and privacy policy ( Smithsonian reserves the right in its sole discretion to remove any content at any time.
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