Musical Performance: Negrura Peruana

On Sunday, Dec. 2, Negrura Peruana will perform the music and dance of Peru’s African and Criollo population. The performance begins at 7 p.m. in Dodds Hall Theater. Group members emigrated from Lima to the Hartford area in the late 1980s and early 1990s, coming together to play as a band in July 2002. Since then the group has performed at a number of high-profile venues including with Eva Ayllón (Afro-Peruvian icon and Grammy nominee) at Hartford’s Latino Expo. In addition to performing locally, in 2005, they were invited to the Library of Congress American Folklife Center as part of the Homegrown Concert Series.

The group features four dancers in addition to the four drummers. Song styles include the Festejo, Landó, Alcatraz y Zamacueca and representative dances of the Peruvian-African culture. Group members heard and played these styles throughout their community, where music was an important part of celebrations, gatherings and informal competitions. Their performances show a deep love for the music, as well as a spontaneous and highly skilled mastery of the complex rhythms, accents and phrasings.

A workshop will follow the concert. More>>

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