Puerto Rican Music Roots & Beyond Project

When we found the Puerto Rico Sun blog, it was like we had discovered our long lost sister. As we learned more about our newly found sister, we discovered that the she was doing nearly the same thing we were doing with Dondequiera, only based out of and focused mostly on the Puerto Rican community residing in New York. After a quick meeting of the minds, we decided that it would be really cool to share some select articles from each others blog.

I think what excited Clarisel Gonzalez, the editor of the Puerto Rico Sun, and I was the opportunity to keep our readers in touch with a piece of their community that they normally might not be exposed. Since both of our audiences have such a strong cultural and familial link to the other, we became thrilled with the chance to strengthen those links. I hope that this new content gives Dondequiera a little bit of that New York flavor that everyone seems to love so much.

The first article I'm going to share is about the Puerto Rican Music Roots & Beyond Project. I totally support anything that preserves the Puerto Rican cultural heritage, in this case its strong musical history. Enjoy!

From left, Leticia Rodriguez, executive director of La Casa de la Herencia Cultural Puertorriqueña, Inc., and class participant Hector Ortega at a July 6 event in NYC's El Barrio that focused on Puerto Rican roots music.La Casa as well as El Centro de Estudios Puertorriqueños at Hunter College is working with William Cepeda, a renowned composer, trombonist, educator, producer and artist, on a project titled “Puerto Rican Music Roots and Beyond.” The New York State Music fund and the National Endowment for the Arts is helping to fund the project.

The goal is to promote Puerto Rico’s musical heritage to a wide audience throughout New York State, Puerto Rico, and elsewhere. The project will document four genres (Bomba, Plena, Danza, and Musica Jibara) by recording the concerts and other project activities to be used in the creation of DVDs and CDs for educational and commercial release. La Casa is located at 1230 Fifth Avenue, Suite 458. It is a nonprofit, cultural and educational institution. For more information, , visit http://www.lacasapr.org/-- Ismael Nuñez

(photo by Ismael Nuñez)

Courtesy of the Puerto Rico Sun