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Raíces Cultural Center sends out a huge thank you to Pepe Santana & Grupo INKHAY for their wonderful performance and cultural history presentation at the Reformed Church of Highland Park on Saturday, November 10.

From INKHAY’s group bio:

“INKHAY is a Quechua verb that means ‘to tend the fire’. The members of the group have chosen this name to symbolize their commitment to keep alive, expose and spread the beautiful music of the Andes mountains of Bolivia, Peru and Ecuador.


The musicians play over two dozen musical instruments. Among the wind instruments, they play a variety of pan-pipes known to the natives as “sikus”, “antaras” or “zampoñas”. They also play end-nocthed vertical flutes called kenas, transverse flutes, whistles and ocarinas as well as an array of percussion instruments. All these instruments have their roots in pre-Hispanic civilization.”

The night was cold, but the music and rich history and culture warmed the spirits of all who attended. Thank you to all the members of INKHAY for sharing your songs, music and cultural history with our community, and helping us to raise funds for ongoing sustainable, renewable and just disaster relief and recovery work on the island of Puerto Rico.

We also wish to thank all who have attended and supported us throughout the Raíces Roots Music Concert Series as well as in our work to raise funds for sustainable, renewable and resilient grassroots recovery and rebuilding efforts in Puerto Rico throughout the past year!


Gabriel Muñoz & Melodías Borinqueñas (Puerto Rican Jíbaro Music)
Magnolia Street String Band (American Bluegrass)
Mestre Zumbi & Capoeira Senzala (Brazilian Capoeira)



Grant funding has been provided by the Middlesex County Board of Chosen Freeholders through a grant provided by New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State.

Additional funds for some of the concerts in this series have been provided by the Borough of Highland Park’s Park Partners Grant Program 2018 in the category of culture and diversity.

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