NY PHILHARMONIC & BOMBAYO
Welcome to BombaYo
BombaYo, a youth project dedicated
to preserving the rich Afro Puerto Rican tradition of Bomba.
BombaYo took its name from several meanings of YO
Yo, is "I" in Spanish, or self
Yo, English slang to call one's
attention, as in "Hey, it's Bomba"
short in English from Your, "Your Bomba"
Bomba was developed in Puerto Rico over 300 years ago by enslaved Africans from parts of West Africa and the Kongo region and also includes influences from the Spanish
colonizers and native Taino people.
Bomba is more of an experience than a show. It's where singing, dancing and drumming come together
in a community celebration of life. Boricuas on the island and stateside are reviving this tradition and in
turn uncovering part of their cultural heritage.