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The Puerto Rican cuatro is unofficially known as the national instrument of Puerto Rico. It is used to play the traditional jíbaro music of the mountains of Puerto Rico.
Raíces Director Francisco G. Gómez introducing the program coordinator for Water Is Life, Nicole Wines, along with volunteer and student Kira Herzog, who was instrumental in helping to set up and organize the Water Is Life initiative.
Members of the Raíces Folkloric Ensemble, along with student Kira Herzog, play the Cuban batá drums and sing for the waters at the Water Is Life opening reception.
Members of the Raíces Folkloric Ensemble presented songs from the Cuban Orisha tradition for Yemayá and Oshún, the forces of nature that represent the salt waters and the sweet, or fresh, waters.
Raíces Director and co-found Francisco G. Gómez tells a story about the waters from the Cuban Orisha tradition. This story was later expanded upon for the Raíces Folkloric Ensemble presentation "Tale of Two Waters"
Raíces Director and co-found Francisco G. Gómez interpreted a story from the book of Ifá, an oral tradition preserved and practiced in Cuba, originating in modern-day Nigeria. This story was about the two waters (salt and sweet) and the forces of…
Raíces Director and co-found Francisco G. Gómez welcomes guests to the opening reception of the Water Is Life exhibit series and talks about the importance of environmental preservation and regeneration is to the preservation of cultural roots.
Local resident Karlos Subverses recording interviews and reflections from some of the organizers of the Water Is Life initiative on a livestream of the opening reception event.
On the day of the opening reception for the Water Is Life exhibit series, some of the visiting and local artists, co-sponsors, organizers and volunteers gathered at the Water Is Life electronic sign, to stand together for the earth. It kicked off the…
At the Our Plastic Waters opening reception, Rosemary Demartino, the mother of the featured artist Lisa Bagwell, speaks to Raíces Cultural Center Director Francisco G. Gómez. The Water Is Life coloring pages on display in the exhibit were colored by…
Pepe and Francisco connected over the tradition of music and how important it is for a culture to take pride in and keep its music alive for themselves and future generations.
Raíces Cultural Center director Francisco G. Gómez collects litter from along the banks of the Raritan River, later to be used as art materials for "garbage art" sculptures in the Our Plastic Waters eco-art workshop.
The Raíces Folkloric Ensemble performing the genre of Cuban són at a concert dedicated to the music of the Caribbean at the Reformed Church of Highland Park.
Demonstrating the bomba tradition, where the dancer's movements are responded to by the lead drummer, who plays the sounds of the dancer's movements.
The Raíces Folkloric Ensemble performs the Puerto Rican folkloric tradition of bomba in a concert dedicated to folkloric music of the Caribbean.
The Raíces Folkloric Ensemble performing bomba at the Reformed Church of Highland Park in 2017.
The Raíces Folkloric Ensemble performing batá at the Reformed Church of Highland Park in 2017.
Maculelê is an Afro-Brazilian art form that is part of the practice of capoeira. Maculelê can be practiced with either machetes or sticks, which when struck together become a part of the rhythm and music.
Raíces Roots Music Concert Series…
Raíces Roots Music Concert Series…
Raíces Cultural Center co-founders Nicole Wines and Francisco G. Gómez with Gabriel Muñoz after his performance at the Forum Theatre.