Pan Africanism : Bomba Music

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    History of Loiza Aldea

    Loíza was proclaimed a town officially in 1719 and named in honor of Yuisa or Luisa, one of the women caciques (chiefs) on the island when the Spanish conquerors arrived.
    A beach-town with apartment complex buildings, Loíza is on one of the two main landing paths to the airport; pilots of airliners landing from the east at Luis Muñoz Marín usually fly over Loíza. The airport would today be part of Loíza, had Isla Verde not been annexed to Carolina and the residents of that area displaced. In the 1970s, a DC 3 plane crashed in a Loíza beach, with no fatalities.

    Loíza was populated by freed or escaped Africans slaves during the town's first years. Due to neglect from the government and ineffective mayors, many in Loíza live below poverty as on the rest of the island.

    In the early 1930s, residents from Loíza were displaced from what is now Isla Verde in Carolina in order to build what was then called Isla Verde International Airport, but was later changed to Luis Muñoz Marín International Airport. These residents were moved to Sabana Abajo in Carolina. Because of this, many residents of this area in Carolina have their roots in Loíza, and many families claim to be from both areas.
    One of Loíza's barrios, Loíza aldea, is famous across Puerto Rico because it has been a talent pool for dancers and artisans. Formerly a center for black Puerto Rican music, it is said to be the traditional birthplace of the musical form known as Plena along with Ponce. Though "Loíza Aldea" refers to "El Pueblo" or "Downtown Loíza", many across the island refer to it as such as a means of discrimination as aldea means "village" in Spanish. Each year there is a celebration in Loíza where people parade around wearing Máscaras de Vejigante. Máscaras de Vejigante are a type of mask made in Loíza. They are made of coconut, and painted in multiple colors.

    Loíza is known as "La Capital de la Tradicion"- "The Capital of Traditions"- for its "bomba" music, traditional Taíno and African dishes, artisanry, and distinct culture. Loíza is home to such celebrities as the "Hermanos Ayala", Samuel Lind, Daniel Lind, DJ Eliel, DJ Tito, La Sista, Abrante, Mangani, etc. and many artists have roots in Loíza like Daddy Yankee (his father is known as El Negro from "Los Hermanos Ayala", Ramon Ayala),Tego Calderon, Don Omar, Lennox from "Zion y Lennox", Mackie from "Mackie y Yaga", Producer Brian Smith and many others.

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    Red, gold and Green with three undulating stripes - The silhouette of a bell tower in the first stripe represents religious tradition and also serves as a symbol of the Church of Saint Patrick as an historical monument...
     
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    Bomba in Loiza, Puerto Rico #1




    Yoruba Bata group: dancer ~funke ojiyemi





    ''the blood never forgets''

    :toast:
     
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    WHEW!

    I'm shoutin! Beautiful people. Puerto Rico! Africa! That little girl is so cute! I just love it! I listened to all of them and loved them all. The drums!

    My Step-brother is part-Puerto Rican and he is gorgeous!

    I so learned something today!

    Man!...That was awesome...gotta show my family this one.
     
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    Yes!!!

    Wow! Awesome!
     
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    Thank you All so much.

    Some times I get the feeling that our people want to forget our ways and natural way of being. As if we want to be like the white man, more and more. I find this to be a sad thing. For our ways are so much more real to me!

    AXE!
     
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    Glad you liked it...the connection is undeniable, no matter how hard they try they can never kill our spirit.
     
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    what does "natural" mean to you?
     
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