Make Music Winter: December 21, 2015

Parranda: La Trullita Navideña | El Puente & BombaYo

El Puente Green Light District (GLD) and El Puente CADRE (Community Artists’ Development & Resources Exchange) partner with BombaYo and the Southside Merchants to present La Trullita Navideña, a cultural experience of the Caribbean tradition of parranda. Join us for singing, drumming and celebration throughout Los Sures, the Southside of Williamsburg!

The Trullita begins at 4:30 pm at El Puente Headquarters (211 S. 4th Street, Brooklyn); all are invited to join. Leading up to Make Music Winter, join BombaYo for open rehearsals in November and December, held at El Puente and Williamsburg Library Spaceworks.  More information can be found about these rehearsals here.

Watch a video from El Puente’s first Parranda in 2013. Video by Sebastián Díaz, Beyza Boyacioglu, and Maria Rosa Badia:

The 2014 parranda participants. (Photo by Clara Inés Schuhmacher)

2014 ParrandaMake Music Winter illustrations by Adam McCauley

El Puente Headquarters, 211 S. 4th Street (Brooklyn), 4:30pm

El Puente Leadership Center at Independence Houses, 114 Taylor St, 7:30pm

How to Join
All are invited to sing, dance and play. Bring your instrument (or your voice) and show up to any of the venues along the way!

El Puente is a community-driven arts, human rights, and youth development institution that nurtures leaders for peace and justice in Los Sures (the Southside) of Williamsburg and Bushwick communities of Brooklyn. The El Puente Green Light District (GLD) is a strategic ten-year initiative to sustain, grow, green, and celebrate Williamsburg, Brooklyn's Southside community through environmental justice organizing and advocacy, wellness programming, public and community art projects, and energy efficiency outreach. El Puente CADRE (Community Artists' Development & Resource Exchange) is El Puente's network of mostly Latino community artists, artisans and cultural workers rooted in North Brooklyn. CADRE members exchange ideas and share resources; develop and present individual and collaborative work; and design and implement strategies for community sustainability.

BombaYo ignites the ancestral rhythms and dance of Afro Puerto Rican Bomba. The synergy of drumming, call and response singing and dance, provide the foundation for a dynamic interplay between the primo drummer and solo dancer. BombaYo stirs the soul in a way that only music and dance can to uplift and celebrate our deeper humanity. In the spirit of Sankofa, BombaYo members draw from the bomba tradition to enrich their lives, embrace their cultural legacy, and share these gifts with people of all ages and abilities.

Southside Merchants, Inc is an organization creating a strong partnership between local businesses and the community on and around Broadway and Havemeyer Streets in Southside Williamsburg, Brooklyn. We welcome local merchants, property owners and the community to join monthly gatherings to meet your neighborhood entrepreneurs and leaders, learn how to grow your business and navigate city government, and work together to improve the quality of life and work in the Southside community.