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.
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 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.
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).