Join the Florida Folklife Program and Mission San Luis in celebrating Puerto Rico’s diverse musical heritage through plena and bomba music and dance. In South Florida, Plena Es has carved out a space for Puerto Rican music by presenting the island’s distinctive rhythms and percussion-driven music known as bomba y plena to new audiences.
Plena music, derived from the African bomba rhythms, was originally forged under colonial conditions in early 20th-century Ponce, Puerto Rico, where African and indigenous rhythms mixed with folk and chamber elements, vocal satire and storytelling to create a new form of urban music. Founded by Pierre Ramos in 2004, Plena Es features African percussion, trombones, piano, drums, bass and a vocal chorus in an exciting orchestration of Latin dance music with powerful lyrics.
"We are very pleased to welcome the public to Mission San Luis for this free performance to experience traditional Puerto Rican music," said Secretary of State Ken Detzner. "Plena Es is a group of talented musicians whose dynamic music exemplifies the diversity and depth of Florida’s cultural heritage.”
Doors open at 7 pm. Concert scheduled for 7:30-8:30 pm, but if the musicians are inclined, the concert may go later!
For more information about the Plena Es residency and public activities, visit flheritage.com/preservation/folklife/outreach.cfm.
For more information, call 850-245-6406 or go to http://dos.myflorida.com/historical/preservation/florida-folklife-program/outreach/.