Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs

Caribe Negro: Redobles de Cultura

Caribe Negro 2020 poster

Saturday, February 22, 2020

2:00pm – 9:00pm

Granoff Center for the Creative Arts, 154 Angell St.

The event is free and open to everyone!

Dinner reception at 6 PM, catered by Flames.

Started in the Spring of 2017 by Ryan Mann-Hamilton, PhD, with the Department of Africana Studies/Rites and Reason Theatre, the Caribe Negro series aims to celebrate Afro-Latinx Caribbean cultures through performance events. For the 2020 Caribe Negro concert, Dominican Students at Brown and the Latinx Heritage Series are honored to present:

Redobles de Cultura, Afro-Puerto Rican Bomberos of New York, a collective of three top New York City-based Afro-Puerto Rican Bomba practitioners: Julia Gutiérrez-Rivera, Nicky “Caja Dura” Laboy and Nelson Matthew González. They are proud members of today’s new and younger generation of Bomberos, cultural workers and educators. Collectively, the ensemble has 50 years of teaching and performing experience, as part of several notable Bomba and Plena ensembles. Each member– born into the culture and traditional practices of Puerto Rico and the Afro-Caribbean– embodies the ancestral knowledge of their elders. Working alongside each other for more than 15 years with other groups, the trio officially came together as RDCNYC in 2016 with a mission to engage audiences of all ages and backgrounds. This time through the eyes of new generation DiaspoRicans, who can pair the foundational knowledge of their elders with the aesthetics, styles and realities of urban and diaspora perspectives.

Program for the day:
Dance workshop at 2 PM (Studio 1, level 4S)
Dinner reception at 6 PM (Studio 2, level 4N)
Concert at 7 PM (Studio 1, level 4S)

We are honored to announce that Dr. Mann-Hamilton will be our keynote speaker. He will be introducing Redobles and Caribe Negro as well as facilitating a brief Q&A after the concert.

Come enjoy an evening of food, music and dancing!

This event is being organized by Dominican Students at Brown and the Latinx Heritage Series with the generous support of the Department of Africana Studies/Rites and Reason Theatre; Cogut Institute for the Humanities; Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies; Brown Arts Initiative; Center for the Study of Race and Ethnicity in America; Office of Institutional Equity and Diversity; Department of Music.

Events from our Partners

Iniciada en la primavera del 2017 por Ryan Mann-Hamilton, PhD, con el Departamento de Africana Studies/Rites and Reason Theatre, la serie Caribe Negro celebra las culturas Afro-latinas caribeñas a través de eventos artísticos. Dominican Students at Brown y Latinx Heritage Series estan honoradxs de presentar:

El concierto Caribe Negro 2020 contará con Redobles de Cultura, Bomberos Afro-Puertorriqueños de Nueva York, un colectivo de tres de lxs mejores practicantes de Bomba Afro-Puertorriqueña en la ciudad de Nueva York: Julia Gutiérrez-Rivera, Nicky "Caja Dura" Laboy y Nelson Matthew González. Son miembrxs orgullosxs de la generación nueva y más joven de Bomberos, trabajadorxs culturales y educadorxs de la actualidad. Colectivamente, el conjunto RDCNYC tiene 50 años de experiencia en la enseñanza y el desempeño, como parte de varios conjuntos notables de Bomba y Plena. Cada miembrx, nacidx en la cultura y las prácticas tradicionales de Puerto Rico y el Afro-caribe, transmite el conocimiento ancestral de sus antepasados. Trabajando juntxs por más de 15 años en otros grupos, el trío se unió oficialmente como RDCNYC en 2016 con la misión de involucrar a audiencias de todas las edades y orígenes. Esta vez a través de los ojos de DiaspoRiqueñxs de nueva generación, que combinan el conocimiento fundamental de sus antepasados con la estética, los estilos y las realidades de las perspectivas urbanas y de la diáspora.

Programa del día:
Taller de baile a las 2 PM (Studio 1, nivel 4S)
Cena de recepción a las 6 PM (Studio 2, nivel 4N)
Concierto a las 7 PM (Studio 1, nivel 4S)

¡Ven a disfrutar de una noche de comida, música y baile!
El evento es GRATIS y todxs estan invitadxs. No se necesitan boletos o registro.