Bomba


by Francisco G. Gómez If you love the AfroBoricua music of Puerto Rico or the music of the Balkans, you would have made it a point not to have missed a phenomenal fusion of barrilles, sousaphone, cuá, violin, maraca, trumpet, dance and accordion on February 8th at Hostos Community College […]

Balkan Meets Bomba


Raíces Cultural Center started off 2020 on a positive note as we received notifications of both Arts and History Program Grants from the Middlesex County Office of Arts and History (MCOAH). The Arts Program that was awarded funding is our 2020 Bombazos del Batey program series. In these community events, […]

Raíces Awarded Middlesex County Office of Arts & History Program ...




by Francisco G. Gómez Interested in boricua history, especially legends? Here’s a story that’s rather interesting. It’s the legend of Yuiza and her possible connection to the Afro/Taíno people of Loíza. On our first relief  assistance trip to Puerto Rico, four months after hurricane María reeked havoc on the island, […]

Of Taíno Queens and the Legend of Yuiza


On October 7, the Raíces Cultural Center helped co-sponsor and promote the Benefit Concert for the Caribbean & Mexico hosted by the Reformed Church of Highland Park and the Puerto Rican Action Board. The Raíces Student Ensemble kicked off the performance with bomba from Puerto Rico and shared the stage […]

Benefit Concert for the Caribbean & Mexico – Raíces Student ...





You’ve heard of Kickstarter and Indiegogo?  Crowdfunding projects where you have to reach a certain goal by a certain date to receive any funding at all?  Well, Raíces opted to get away from the idea of a middleman fundraising platform and do it ourselves – our own crowdfunding fundraiser project.  […]

DIY Fridays – Raíces DIY Crowdfunding Fundraiser Project


In just one week, we are leaving for a cultural and eco-cultural exchange on the island of Puerto Rico. Raíces Co-directors will be attending and documenting the 5th Bomba Research Conference and exploring ecological sites and eco-farms like Plenitud PR to set up future exchange trips for members of our […]

A Crowdfunding Project of our Own! Help Preserve and ...