Kadencia Orchestra EPK Afro puerto rican music

Our Mission

To play, promote, and preserve Afro-Puerto Rican music. Our goal is to take our music to every corner and stage. Below is information on our band and what we can do for organizations such as yours.

Our History

The band originally started in Puerto Rico and released an album, but our lead singer and his son relocated to Chesterfield, VA in pursuit of professional opportunities. Their desire to conserve and promulgate Afro-Puerto Rican music drove the Sanabria family to start the band in Richmond in August 2018.

Our Music:

Our band plays Plena and Bomba; two Afro-Puerto Rican percussion-heavy rhythms that are infectious. These rhythms are infused and mixed with Afro-Cuban rhythms. Most of our repertoire is original and most of the songs have topics that speak about Puerto Rican society, culture, and history.

Our Services

We are an 11-piece orchestra but also have smaller ensemble (4 and 6 members) options that focus on playing Plena and Bomba in their traditional percussive form. Not only do we do live performances/concerts, but we also provide workshops. In these workshops, we discuss the origins of Bomba and/or Plena, the instruments and rhythmic patterns used, and the role these musical expressions have in Puerto Rican culture and society. Our performances are perfect for cultural observances, concert series, festivals, Hispanic Heritage Month, diversity and inclusion programming, fundraisers, and galas. We are experienced in delivering performances and workshops in multiple formats (in-person, virtual, and pre-recorded).

Notable Performances:

• Viva Cultura at the Kennedy Center – Millennium Stage (DC)
• Library of Congress Summer Concerts (DC)
• Smithsonian National Postal Museum (DC)
• 2020 Richmond Folk Festival (televised/virtual performance)
• Norfolk Latino Fest (largest Hispanic/Latino festival in Virginia)
• University of Richmond – Global Music Series
• Virginia Museum of Fine Arts
• George Washington University (DC)
• Bridgewater College
• Que Pasa? Festival (largest Hispanic festival in Central Virginia)
• Richmond’s Latin Jazz and Salsa Festival
• Winter Blues Jazz Fest – Williamsburg, VA
• Richmond Performing Arts Alliance (First Fridays & Lights Up! Youth Performing Arts Series)
• Dogwood Dell Festival of the Arts
• Piedmont Virginia Community College
• Bomba y Plena en el Museo (Sandy Spring Museum, Maryland)
• Boricua Fall Fest and Chinchorreo Festival (North Carolina)
• La Placita DMV, First Washington DC, Puerto Rican Festival.

Education and Community Outreach

Bomba and Plena Workshops


Maurice “Tito” Sanabria – msgzion@yahoo.com 804-647-7917
Maurice Sanabria-Ortiz – maurice@kadencia.net 939-217-7710