Rumba in NYC

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Rumba in NYC

Postby jorge » Sat Jun 05, 2010 12:50 am

Here is a clip of a few of us playing guaguanco in Central Park on Memorial Day 2010. Rumba sin bulla. We were up at 110th St & 5th not the usual 72nd St location of the Sunday rumbas. Tito on quinto, Yeyito on tumbadora, I am playing tres dos, Reynaldo singing, Ival on Kata, Matt on other claves.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H0GHyGYmaLw

Others feel free to post videos of rumbas in NYC in this thread.
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Re: Rumba in NYC

Postby congamyk » Sat Jun 05, 2010 3:40 am

jorge wrote:Here is a clip of a few of us playing guaguanco in Central Park on Memorial Day 2010. Rumba sin bulla. We were up at 110th St & 5th not the usual 72nd St location of the Sunday rumbas. Tito on quinto, Yeyito on tumbadora, George on tres dos, Reynaldo singing, Ival on Kata, Matt on other claves.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H0GHyGYmaLw


nice sound - the singer holding it down proper.
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Re: Rumba in NYC

Postby jorge » Sun Jun 06, 2010 11:53 am

Thanks, Congamyk. Yeah, the singer is a young guy that came recently from Cuba, he has a great voice and can sing guaguanco and columbia in clave. Sounds better without all the out of tune coros at the Sunday rumbas.
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Re: Rumba in NYC

Postby windhorse » Mon Jun 14, 2010 3:03 am

Nice vid clip! Thanks for that!
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Re: Rumba in NYC

Postby MedinaNYC » Fri Jul 23, 2010 2:57 am

Que bueno, you guys really held it down. That guy cantando sounds like the real deal. Sigue pa lante!
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Re: Rumba in NYC

Postby jorge » Thu Dec 02, 2010 3:37 am

Here are a couple of clips of the rumba at the Brecht Forum last Sunday Nov 28. We had a great time.

http://www.youtube.com/user/RayIZM1#p/a/u/2/gXlDWNHevB8

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4C_J0HNvZC8&feature=player_embedded#!

For those of you in the NYC area, we will do it again on Sunday Dec 5, a rumba for Lisa's birthday. This is a rumba not a performance, if you can play you can play. Suggested donation is $6 to help cover costs of heat, electricity, bathrooms, rent, sound system, etc but no one will be turned away for lack of funds. We hope to do this on a regular basis through the winter months until Central Park is warm enough for outdoor rumbas on Sundays.

AFROLATINO CAFÉ Con Rumba Cubana @ The Brecht Forum

Sunday Dec 5 from 6:30 – 9:30 pm Domingo 5 de 6:30 a 9:30 pm

Place/Lugar: Brecht Forum, 451 West St (West Side Hwy) btw Bank & Bethune Sts. entre Bank y Bethune St.

Directions: From the subway station at 14th St and 8th Ave, walk down 8th Ave to Bethune St, turn right on Bethune and walk 3 blocks west to West Side Highway. Turn left and Brecht Forum is on that block. By car, take W. 11th St west to the West Side Highway, turn right and the Brecht Forum is a block and a half north. Brecht Forum: http://www.brechtforum.org (212) 242-4201.
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Re: Rumba in NYC

Postby niallgregory » Thu Dec 02, 2010 12:05 pm

Thanks for the video jorge . I presume you are behind the camera for both these tunes so not playing ? Would love to come along to the rumba some time im in the new york ! Cheers .Niall ...
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Re: Rumba in NYC

Postby jorge » Fri Dec 03, 2010 1:30 am

No, I didn't shoot the video, I am playing tres dos in the second video and clave in the first, with a white polo shirt and jeans. If you (or anyone else who reads this) come to NYC PM me first and I would be happy to let you know of any rumbas that I know about.
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Re: Rumba in NYC

Postby jorge » Sun Dec 05, 2010 12:33 am

Here is another clip from last week's rumba.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-nI9CwcvA98
There will be another rumba tomorrow, a birthday party with food, the guys from Caja Dura are talking about playing a few songs, timba & dancing between sets. NYC metropolitan area rumberos & rumberas invited. Time and place info a few posts above.
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Re: Rumba in NYC

Postby jorge » Sun Jan 09, 2011 4:26 pm

You are invited to a Special edition of the Afro-Latino Café!
Tito's birthday (and Lisa's despedida)
With guest performance by Stevie Insua
Today, Sunday, January 9, 2011 6:30-10 p.m.

Tito Sandoval has been one of the most consistent participants in the Central Park rumba -- and the New York rumba scene in general -- for over 20 years. Almost every Sunday, rain or shine, we can count on Tito to show up, play quinto, make sure we have enough singers and drums, and to delight onlookers by dancing a skillful columbia or playful guaguanco. This Sunday, January 9, 2011, we are celebrating his birthday in the best way possible, with a rumba!

Tito and friends will be joined by guest performer Stevie Insua, son of renowned performer Felix "Pupy" Insua. Like Tito, Stevie is gifted as both a musician and dancer. Stevie was considered one of the best folkloric dancers of his generation in his native Cuba, and he has been teaching and performing throughout Europe since the late 1990s.

This evening is also a send-off for another longtime participant in the rumba scene: Lisa Maya Knauer, who helped establish the Afro-Latino Cafe at the Brecht, is leaving on January 10 to spend 10 months in Guatemala.

So you are all invited, in addition to the rumba there will be refreshments. Suggested donation is $6 (optional) to help cover costs of heat, electricity, bathrooms, rent, sound system, etc.

Where:

AFROLATINO CAFÉ Con Rumba Cubana @ The Brecht Forum

Place/Lugar: Brecht Forum, 451 West St (West Side Hwy) between Bank & Bethune Sts. Directions: From the subway station at 14th St and 8th Ave, walk down 8th Ave to Bethune St, turn right on Bethune and walk 3 blocks west to West Side Highway. Turn left and Brecht Forum is on that block. By car, take W. 11th St west to the West Side Highway, turn right and the Brecht Forum is a block and a half north. Brecht Forum: www.brechtforum.org (212) 242-4201.
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Re: Rumba in NYC

Postby jorge » Sun Jan 09, 2011 4:35 pm

Here is another rumba event in NYC today. There will be a rumba for the last hour, from 5 to 6. This will be a monthly event. This is not a religious tambor, although it is oriented toward some of the AfroCuban religious mythology, focusing on a different Yoruba orisha each month. A good balance for the Christian, Jewish, Moslem and other religious mythologies that are dominant in North American culture.

New Year Drumming
Celebrating the New Year and with the best wishes from the afro Latin Community will be held Tambo- Afro-Caribbean Drum, Class & Social- on January 9th of 2011. The event will be honoring Elegba, crossroads and luck deity of different Yoruba cults in the African Diaspora. Elegba, as Mercury or Hermes, is the messenger of the gods. He holds the power to make things happen - good or bad. He is propitiated to assure that all wishes and endeavors will encounter positive influence or development.

Tambo -Afro-Caribbean Drum Dance & Social- is an educational project brought by Metamovements and Areytos Performance Works for the sharing and celebration of Afro-diasporic traditions. In every occasion Tambo opens with a full immersion class of dance, singing and musicality, in the topic of the day, on January 9th it will be Elegba, follows by a social drumming and rumba.

Tambo happens the second Sunday’s of every month, from 2-6 PM at the Harlem Dance Foundation, located at 144 W. 121st Street between 7th and Lenox Avenues. Upcoming events will be held on February 13th, honoring Oshun; March 13th, honoring Oshosi and April 10th , celebrating Yemaya. Ticket prices are $25 (social and class) and $15 (social). For information and registration, contact: Sita Frederick, 646-418-3186 sitamoves@gmail.com ; Yesenia F. Selier, 201-952-5508 oriselier@gmail.com.

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Contact Info:
Sita Frederick , Artistic Director, Areytos Performance Works
sitamoves@gmail.com /646-418-3186
Yesenia F. Selier, Co-Producer
oriselier@gmail.com/ 201-952-5508





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About Elegba, also known as Eshu, Elegua, Elegbara.

Elegua opens and closes the road or way for us in life. He stands in the crossroads and 4 corners. No ceremony is started without paying tribute to him first. He takes many forms and has many names. He is considered a trickster and can be a difficult teacher when there is a lesson needed to be learned. So he always has to be pampered and treated with reverence to avoid hassles created on his behalf. Anytime there is a sacrifice or ceremony he has to be given something first. He is the appropriator of ceremonies. Without Elegua being acknowledged first chances are the outcome desired in a ceremony will not come to fruition.

Eshu is central in African diasporic faiths like the different Orishas Cults : Santeria, Ifismo, Candomble, Vodou, and many others. It is often identified with Saint Anthony of Padua, Saint Michael [1] or Santo Niño de Atocha, depending on the situation or location. He has a wide range of responsibilities: the protector of travelers, deity of roads, particularly crossroads, the deity with the power over fortune and misfortune, and the personification of death.

Eshu is a spirit of Chaos and Trickery, and plays frequently by leading mortals to temptation and possible tribulation in the hopes that the experience will lead ultimately to their maturation. In the Yoruba pantheon, Elegba is a deity, the divine messenger of Olodumare. Elegba is a guardian, protector and communicator. Through divination, he guides the fate of man. In West Africa and all through the Diaspora he is revered. The Fon call him Legba. He is called Èsú (eshu), Èlegba

The name Elegbara, comprised the word "ele" means messenger and "Agbara" that means power or authority. Eshu is defines as messenger and holder of Olodumare's àsé (power and authority). Omo orisha throughout the Diaspora recognize Eshu Elegbara as a deity that holds the power to make things happen* - good or bad. For this reason he is propitiated to assure that all communication or action will not encounter negative influence or obstruction.

As trickster, Eshu is associated with disorder and destiny in the Yoruba pantheon. As "orisa orita" or "esu orita", orisha of the crossroad or the corners, Elegba represents the transitional or center point of the crossroad where one must make a decision. In this position, Elegba represents all the bewilderment and confusion one faces when attempting to make the proper choice. Once the choice is made, he is involved in the consequences and through his own devices guides us towards and along our proper path.

His ambivalence to orisa and man makes Elegba a complex, neutral force. For those who live in accordance to social and religious law, he is a great benefactor and guardian. Those who choose to live contrary" will meet him on their path as the "law enforcer" or "divine policeman".
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Re: Rumba in NYC

Postby CongaTick » Mon Jan 10, 2011 2:35 pm

Jorge,

Your post is such a beautiful and meaty contribution. Thank you for opening my eyes--if only slightly-- to the Afro-Cuban religious mythology. I greatly appreciate posts of this type as I believe we all do from those within our forum community whose vaster knowledge of the drum culture enriches and expands our horizons. .
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Re: Rumba in NYC

Postby jorge » Sun Jan 23, 2011 7:09 pm

AFROLATINO CAFÉ Con Rumba Cubana

Today Sunday January 23, 2011, 6:30-10 pm @ The Brecht Forum

451 West St (West Side Hwy) between Bank & Bethune Sts. Directions: From the subway station at 14th St and 8th Ave, walk down 8th Ave to Bethune St, turn right on Bethune and walk 3 blocks west to West Side Highway. Turn left and Brecht Forum is on that block. By car, take W. 11th St west to the West Side Highway, turn right and the Brecht Forum is a block and a half north. Brecht Forum: www.brechtforum.org (212) 242-4201.
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Re: Rumba in NYC

Postby jorge » Sun Mar 27, 2011 5:22 am

AFROLATINO CAFÉ Con Rumba Cubana @ The Brecht Forum

The Sunday rumbas are back, starting today, March 27!

6:30 – 10 pm

Brecht Forum, 451 West St (West Side Hwy) between Bank & Bethune Sts. Directions: From the subway station at 14th St and 8th Ave, walk down 8th Ave to Bethune St, turn right on Bethune and walk 3 blocks west to West Side Highway. Turn left and Brecht Forum is on that block. By car, take W. 11th St west to the West Side Highway, turn right and the Brecht Forum is a block and a half north. Brecht Forum: http://www.brechtforum.org (212) 242-4201.

Thanks to Humberto for getting us the space, we will have these Sundays over the next 2 months:

March 27, 2011

April 3

April 24

May 8

May 15

May 22 and

May 29.

While the Brecht is not currently asking us to charge at the door, donations are welcome so we can give them something to help cover the cost of rent, heat, electricity, the sound system, maintenance, and other incidental costs.

We hope to see you there!
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Re: Rumba in NYC

Postby jorge » Thu Aug 01, 2013 1:16 pm

Rumbas every Thursday night at the Zinc Bar, 82 W. 3rd St. between Thompson and Sullivan streets in Manhattan. 212 477-9462. Nearest subway stop at W. 4th St / 6th Ave (A,B,C,D,E,F,M), also Bleeker/Lafayette (4,6,B,D,F,M), Broadway/Waverly (N,R), Sheridan Sq (2,3).

This is a great rumba, led by Roman Diaz and Clemente Medina, featuring Joaquin Pozo, Alfredo Diaz (Pescao), Matanzas, Max, Barry, Chino, Onel and friends. I have been playing tres dos and cata. One set, starts at midnight, usually goes until 1:30 or so, $10 admission.

Si, la rumba esta buena! I hope to see you there.
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