Description & History

BombaYo ignites the ancestral rhythms of Bomba, an African derived music and dance tradition developed in Puerto Rico. The synergy of call and response singing, drumming and dance provide the foundation for a dynamic interplay between the solo drummer and dancer. BombaYo stirs the soul in a way that only music and dance can to uplift and celebrate our deeper humanity.

BombaYo creates an intergenerational and participatory experience that honors people of all ages and abilities. In the spirit of Sankofa-looking to your past for a better future, BombaYo members draw from the bomba tradition to enrich their lives and embrace their cultural legacy.

Through workshops, cultural presentations, performances and partnerships, BombaYo engages communities throughout NYC area to raise awareness of Afro Puerto Rican culture and to connect Bomba to the vast traditions of the African Diaspora.

BombaYo has presented and performed to diverse audiences at numerous schools, community based organizations, conferences, concert halls and festivals across NYC and the Tri State region. The group recently presented at Lincoln Center's Meet the Artist program. BombaYo has shared their musical talents with family folk musican, Dan Zanes; and recorded an inspiring rendition of Our Deepest Fear with Corbin Bleu and Afro Rican jazz artist, William Cepeda on a track from the album Dare To Go Beyond, produced by Revolución Latina. In 2011, BombaYo received the prestigious Union Square Art Award for promoting social change through arts.

About the organization


Melinda Gonzalez
Co Founder
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