It is a map of Africa with the appellations of various African-derived musical and dance traditions practiced in the Caribbean. The Island of Madagascar is represented by the pitirre (gray kingbird), which is native to Puerto Rico. The fiery pitirres are birds that aggressively defend their territory against intruders, including mammals and much larger birds. In Puerto Rico, it carries a special significance in that its small size does not diminish their determination and spirit to defend its territory.
Bomba “is a musical expression created in Puerto Rico at the end of the 17th century by West Africans and their descendants who worked the colonial sugar plantations along the coast of Puerto Rico. Through fiery drum rhythms and improvised dance, the cane workers released feelings of anger, resistance, and sadness about their condition.”
“Using Freedom Effect as a platform to showcase the work of local artists and cultural entrepreneurs has always been my vision,” said Brenda Torres-Figueroa, Creative Director and Co-Founder, Freedom Effect, speaking of the collaboration with Bomba con Buya.
The MusicRootsAfrica t-shirt will be launched at this year’s Concert of Colors, which is taking place from July 14-17 in Detroit.