Music in Puerto Rico: An Expression of Frustration After the Hurricane
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SOLEDAD: IT WOULD BE AN
UNDERSTATEMENT TO SAY LATIN
MUSIC IS HAVING A BIG YEAR. LATIN ALBUMS ARE MORE POPULAR
THAN COUNTRY IN THE UNITED
STATES AND PUERTO RICAN ARTISTS
LIKE BAD BUNNY AND OZUNA ARE
FUELING THAT WITH LATIN TRAP
T– WITH LATIN TRAP AND REGGAETON. THERE IS ALSO A PUERTO RICAN
SOUND YOU MAY NOT HAVE HEARD,
BOMBA AND PLENA ALTHOUGH THEY
ARE SOME OF THE OLDEST MUSICAL
TRADITIONS ON THE ISLAND BUT
PURISTS FARE IT COULD BE LAST AFTER HURRICANE MARIA. WE MET WITH ARTISTS APPEAR
TEACHERS TO MAKE SURE THEY
REMAIN THE ENDURING ANTHEM OF
THE ISLAND. ♪
SOLEDAD: ON ANY GIVEN NIGHT IN
PUERTO RICO MUSIC FILLS THE AIR. SALSA. BUT THERE’S THEY ARE SOUND, AN
ECHO OF PUERTO RICAN CULTURE
CALL BOMBA Y PLENA.>>THIS IS THE FIRST MUSIC OF
PUERTO RICO. SOLEDAD: OFTEN MENTIONED AS A
SINGLE MUSICAL STYLE THERE ARE
TWO DISTINCT GENRES. BOMBA DATES BACK TO THE 1600’S
WHEN WEST AFRICANS ENSLAVED ON
THE ISLAND TURNED OLD DRUM
BARRELS INTO DRUMS WITH BEATS
AND INTRICATE DANCES TO EXPRESS
FEELINGS OF FRUSTRATION OR CELEBRATION. ROUGHLY 300 YEARS LATER PLENA
APPEARED. TODAY PRACTICERS SAY BOMBA AND
PLENA ARE AS ESSENTIAL TO THE
KRULL AS BEANS AND RICE.>>BOMBA IS GOOD. SOLEDAD: MARGARIA TATA CEPEDA
COMES FROM ONE OF THE MOST
PROMINENT BOMBA Y PLENA FAMILIES
AND THEY ARE CREDITED WITH
KEEPING IT ALIVE. SHE SAYS IT IS IMPORTANT FOR
FAMILIES, MOMS AND DADS IT PASS
ON THE TRADITION. GENERATION AFTER GENERATION. SHE IS TAUGHT BOMBA AND PLENA
FOR DECADES AND NOW WITH THE
HAPPEN OF HER DAUGHTER MARGARITA
MARTINEZ. IN MOST DRUM DANCES THE
DAMAGESER FOLLOWS THE DRUMMERS
LEAD BUT BOMBA IS THE
CONVERSATION BETWEEN THE DRESS
AND THE DRUM.>>THE DRESS CONTROLS THE DRUM.>>THEY HAVE TO DO ALL THE
MOVEMENT THAT I DO IN THE DRUMS. BUT NOT AFTER OR BEFORE, AT THE
SAME TIME. SO HE HAS IT LOOK AT ME. SOLEDAD: LOOK AT THE WRIST,
SHIMMY OF THE HIP THE DRUMMER
RESPONDS TO EVERY MOVE. SHE IS STEELY YEAED DURING —
YEAED DURING CLASS AND TEARY
EYED WHEN SHE ADJACENT THE ROLE
THE MUSIC AND DRESS PLAY IN HER
LIFE.>> THERE IS MY FAMILY. BOMBA IS MY FAMILY. I CAN DO WHAT I LOVE WITH ALL OF
MY FAMILY, WITH MY MOM, MY
BROTHER, MY SISTER, MY AUNTS. IT IS AWESOME. SOLEDAD: FOLLOWING IN HER
MER
MOTHER’S FOOTSTEPS SHE PLANS IT
TEACH TO MY GENERATIONS.>>IT IS OUR CULTURE AND
HISTORY. SOLEDAD: MAKING SURE THE BEAT
GO

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