Cultural and FOLKLORIC Arts

Classes: Introduction TO Caribbean Drumming

About this Program


Thursdays – 8-9:15pm beginning May 2.


Raíces Cultural Center
20 River Rd., Highland Park, NJ

This class is intended for adults who are interested in the study of Afro-Puertorican Bomba and Afro-Cuban 6/8 Güiro. These are small group classes, registration is limited to the first 10 participants per session, please sign up early! 
Our Spring 2024 cycle will focus on Bomba Druming.
Raíces reserves all rights of acceptance to the program through the registration process. 
What to Expect

During our class series we will: 

  • Explore the history and cultural significance of four strains of the Puertorican Bomba – Sicá, Yubá, Güembé & Holandés. Also, the Afro-Cuban 6/8 genre of Güiro.
  • Learn how the clave relates to both of these musical art forms.
  • Learn how to execute the basic sounds and dynamics on the Puertorican barril and the Cuban tumbadora.
  • Study peripheral percussion instruments including shekere, campana, güiro, maraca and cuá.
  • Learn the use of Call and Response (Antiphony) in song to complement the rhythms. 
Class Fee

The class fee is $80 per month, for four class sessions, or $150 for a full 8 class cycle, payable by Credit or Debit card or PayPal online. If paying monthly, the fee will be recharged monthly on the day of the month it was originally submitted, whether you begin at the start of the class or partly through the month, and can be canceled anytime. 

All are welcome, registration is required.

This page is for registration for drum classes only. If you would also like to sign up for dance classes, please see the links below:

Introduction to Bomba Dance – Mondays & Thursdays, 7-8pm
Introduction to Afro-Cuban Dance – Mondays, 8-9pm

Register for Intro to Caribbean Drumming

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