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Bomba, the Puerto Rican Genre of Resistance, Stands With Black Lives in Kansas City How This Group Showcases Island Culture in the Midwest

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Bomba is more than a genre of folk music. It’s a dialogue of rhythm, song and dance built on the resistance and survival of enslaved people in Puerto Rico. 

These days it has appeared in Black Lives Matter protests that ensued following the police-related deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor and Layleen Polanco, who were all Black. Improvisational dance and drumming joins the chants, signs and raised fists, all of which signify a push for change. 

“Seeing how our brothers and sisters are being treated, not being well taken care of… we feel the need to stand up,” said Yaira Velez, founder of a Kansas City-based Puerto Rican dance group called Cuerpo de Baile Areito Kansas City.

This week, Areito members published a video in which they perform bomba as a sign of solidarity with the local Black community. Watch the video above for a brief overview of its history and an interview with the family responsible for its popularity on the island.

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Read the full story on the history of bomba, its place in protests pushing for justice and how a Kansas City dance group used the genre to signal solidarity with the Black community. Go to 90.9 The Bridge.

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