Bomba dates back to the early European colonial period in Puerto Rico. It comes out of the musical traditions brought by enslaved Africans in the 17th century. To them, bomba music was a source of political and spiritual expression. The lyrics conveyed a sense of anger and sadness about their condition, and songs served as a catalyst for rebellions and uprisings. But bomba also moved them to dance and celebrate, helping them create community and identity. The music evolved through contact between slave populations from different Caribbean colonies and regions, including the Dutch colonies, Cuba, Santo Domingo, and Haití. As a result, bomba now has sixteen different rhythms, some might say even more variations. The rhythms mark the pace of the singing and dance. Bomba instruments include the subidor or primo (bomba barrel or drum), maraca and the cuá, two sticks played against the wood of the barrels or another piece of wood.
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Sergio is from Puerto Rico, He started playing steel drums at the age of 3 with his father’s band, on the other side his mother was a dancer. His first formal musical education started at Escuela de Bellas Artes de Carolina, where he learned to play guitar, violin and was part of the choir. While attending college he became part of the renowned Conjunto Criollo of the University of Puerto Rico playing bongo and also played percussion at the The Jazz Workshop on campus. As a student Sergio Rosario founded and created JazzMontuno one of the first young latin jazz bands in 2006. In 2017, with the help of Gabby Ponce (dance teacher) together they founded Proyecto Piquete which teaches Bomba to the community in Washington DC and other areas, with this project they seek to enhance the existing Bomba community and educate those who are interested in learning, Proyecto Piquete is currently the only Bomba group whose teachers and leaders all come from Bomba schools from Puerto Rico such as Escuela de Bomba y Plena Rafael Cepeda Atiles, Restauracion Cultural, Ballet Folklorico Guamanique, Cimarronas, Circulo de Barrileras de Puerto Rico.