WHO: Negrura Peruana performs the music and dance of Peru’s African and criollo population, especially from the coastal area around Chincha (located south of the capital Lima) and later transplanted to the urban center of Lima. Group members emigrated from Lima to the Hartford area of Connecticut in the late 1980s and early 1990s, coming together to play as a band in July 2002. Since then the group has performed at a number of high-profile venues including with Eva Ayllón (Afro-Peruvian icon and Grammy nominee), at Hartford’s Latino Expo, and in local activities such as festivals and house parties throughout the growing Peruvian community of Connecticut. In addition to performing locally, in 2005, they were invited to the Library of Congress American Folklife Center as part of the Homegrown Concert Series.
The music Negrura Peruana plays uses a small number of percussion instruments, including the cajón - a wooden box that the musician sits on and drums, the quijada de burro - the jaw of a horse or donkey, the campana - a cowbell, and bongos. Recently the group has added guitar to the group. The group features four dancers in addition to the four drummers. Song styles include the Festejo, Landó, Alcatraz y Zamacueca and representative dances of the Peruvian-African culture. Group members heard and played these styles throughout their community, where music was an important part of celebrations, gatherings, and informal competitions. Their performances show a deep love for the music and a spontaneous but highly skilled mastery of the complex rhythms, accents, and phrasings especially when accompanying the dancers.
WHEN: December 2, 2012 @ 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM. A workshop will follow the concert for all interested in learning "hands-on" about the music and dance of the Afro-Peruvian community.
This concert is free and open to the public.
WHERE: Dodds Hall Theater, 300 Boston Post Road, University of New Haven
FOR MORE INFORMATION: Contact José García-León at JGarciaLeon@newhaven.edu
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