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Concerts & Events

Wednesday, September 8, 2021  ·  8:30 PM CDT

Bomba con Buya & Mancha 'E Plátano

SRBCC 50th Anniversary Celebration
World Music Wednesday

4544 N Lincoln Ave · Gary and Laura Maurer Concert Hall · 773.728.6000

World Music Wednesdays

A weekly showcase of world music and dance featuring the best local and touring talent! Most shows are Wednesday nights at 8:30 PM.

Most World Music Wednesday concerts are free with a $10 suggested donation. TO GUARANTEE YOUR ENTRY MAKE YOUR RESERVATIONS IN ADVANCE EITHER ONLINE OR BY CALLING THE BOX OFFICE AT 773.728.6000. Reservations unclaimed 10 minutes before showtime will be released to waiting patrons.

SRBCC 50th Anniversary Celebration

Segundo Ruiz Belvis Cultural Center (SRBCC), Chicago's longest-standing Puerto Rican cultural center, celebrates its 50th Anniversary bringing together Bomba practitioners from Barcelona and Chicago as part of MacArthur Foundation's International Connections Program.

Bomba con Buya

Bomba con Buya is a Chicago-based ensemble that aims to preserve and advance bomba. Developed during the 18th century among the island's African descendants, bomba is Puerto Rico's oldest surviving music and dance form. Buya means ‘good spirit' in Taíno, and the group strives to embody this idea. Recent albums include Buya Live (2015) and Southern Sessions (2019).


Mancha E' Plátano

Born in 2017, Mancha ‘E Plátano is an all-women bomba group based in Barcelona, Spain. Their traditional repertoire incorporates new arrangements of old school Afro-Puerto Rican songs and poems, as well as original compositions. Dancing is a key element present in each show when the bailadora invites those who feel drawn to the rhythms of the Bomba to participate. The only group of its kind in Spain, Mancha ‘E Plátano has created a following for Afro-Boricua folklore far from la isla del encanto through their commitment to women and immigrant rights (8M Barcelona 2020 closing act), and performances at the city's most iconic festivals and cultural events (Festes de Gràcia 2019, Festes de Poble Sec 2019, Festes de Sants 2019, and Say It Loud al Pati! 2021).

This project is partially supported by a CityArts Year of Chicago Music grant from the City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs & Special Events.