Puerto Rican Music and Folklore:Bomba
Bomba Music: Mama, cuidame a Belen
Bomba and it's origins
When the slaves were brought during colonial times during the 17 th century to Puerto Rico, they brought with them a whole array of influences and customs.One of those was their music.
Poetry behind the music
Music is indeed the finest form of expresion in any culture. It carries stories and feelings alike. Many people did not know how to read or write, so they would use music , in this case Bomba to communicate a message of to pass news from town to town.
Alongside the west shore of the island a need to unwind and express their anger and daily occurrences gave way to Bomba, at the rhythm of the drums.
There are around sixteen different kinds of Rhythims that are the result of fusions of styles.
Bomba music is primarily drums,in which the soul of the melody resides. Then other instruments were added to complement them.
- Primo- There is only one primo in the band. Marks the Rhythm of the dancer.
- Buleadores o barril segundo
The different rhythms of Bomba vary from town to town, and also the purpose of the dance.
The main influence on this genre is African. Also there is french aspects of the music. Dancing Bomba is like telling a story with your body.
The movements are the physical manifestation of the sound the drums and the story behind the music. Is what we call poetry in motion.