Noticias del 3er Festival de Música Afrocaribeña Improvisada

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Ismael Rivera Jr. – 12.11.13

Por Omar Torres-Kortright

El matrimonio entre el jazz y la música afrocaribeña ha marcado diferentes momentos de la historia musical de los Estados Unidos. Mario Bauzá, el responsable de juntar a Dizzy Gillespie con el percusionista cubano Chano Pozo a mediados de los años 40, sembró la semilla para el auge del jazz afrocubano, el movimiento salsero de los años 60 y 70 en Nueva York, y las múltiples posteriores reinterpretaciones de esta fusión. Pocos experimentos musicales disfrutan hoy de esa vigencia inagotable y repercusión internacional. Tanto el jazz latino como la salsa nacen, se nutren y evolucionan gracias a ese carácter improvisador que proviene del jazz americano, al igual que del rico folclor musical de las antillas.

El tercer Festival de Música Afrocaribeña Improvisada (Afro-Caribbean Improvised Music Festival), a llevarse a cabo del 11 al 14 de diciembre en Chicago, celebra ese elemento de improvisación que se ve en la conversación musical de los jazzistas, las inspiraciones de los soneros en la salsa y los impulsivos y cadenciosos pasos del bailador. El original concepto se llevará a escena con eventos gratuitos en el Old Town School of Folk Music y el Centro Cultural Segundo Ruiz Belvis.

La iniciativa nace del homenaje anual al sonero “Annual Tribute to the Improvisational Singer”, un concierto homenaje a los improvisadores en la salsa que celebrará su décimo aniversario la noche de apertura del festival, el próximo miércoles, 11 de diciembre a las 8:30 pm en el Old Town School of Folk Music. Esa primera noche marcará el ritmo de los tres días posteriores con un homenaje al sonero mayor Ismael Rivera, cuyos clásicos serán interpretados por su hijo, Ismael Rivera Jr., acompañado por una poderosa orquesta de 11 músicos dirigida por el pianista Edwin Sánchez. Allí los bailadores podrán darse cita para disfrutar temas que se remontan hasta la época de Maelo con Cortijo y su Combo, como Quítate de la vía Perico y El negro bembón, entre muchos otros.

El festival producido por Agúzate y el Centro Cultural Segundo Ruiz Belvis , continúa el jueves 12 de diciembre a las 6:30 pm con la proyección del documental sobre la vida del prolífico compositor puertorriqueño Catalino “Tite” Curet Alonso titulado Sonó Sonó. La proyección de la pieza producida por el Banco Popular de Puerto Rico en 2011 y dirigida por Gabriel Coss, incluirá una conversación informal con el guionista del documental, César Colón-Montijo, quien abordará la trascendencia musical y cultural de la figura de Curet Alonso. Esta actividad tendrá una capacidad limitada a 50 personas, a fin de mantener el carácter íntimo y accesible para la conversación con Colón-Montijo. El invitado especial cursa estudios doctorales en etnomusicología en Columbia University, Nueva York, donde explora el legado de Ismael Rivera en los barrios latinoamericanos.

Extracto del documental Sonó Sonó. Incluye canción “Pa’ los caseríos” Interpretada por Ismael Rivera Jr. y Fé Cortijo con La PVC.

Ambas actividades de apertura son sumamente atractivas. Sin embargo, uno de los momentos más especiales de este festival se llevará a cabo durante la inauguración de la nueva sede del Centro Cultural Segundo Ruiz Belvis, ubicado en la comunidad de Hermosa al noroeste de la ciudad. Para celebrar este magno evento el viernes 13 de diciembre a las 8:00 pm, Segundo Ruiz Belvis invitó al reconocido jazzista James Sanders. El fundador de Conjunto cuenta en su largo curriculum con presentaciones estelares en el Chicago Latin Jazz Festival y Millennium Park’s Pritzker Pavilion. Avreeayl Ra, Jean-Christophe LeRoy y Joshua Abrams unirán fuerzas con el violinista de origen dominicano para presentar un nuevo concepto titulado “Proyecto Libre”. El debut de Proyecto Libre nos brindará una estética puramente improvisativa, basada en las raíces caribeñas de Sanders y su dominio del jazz, uniendo artistas de ambos géneros en un experimento musical sin precedentes en Chicago. La gran apertura del Centro Cultural Segundo Ruiz Belvis contará además con una presentación previa del grupo Las Bompleneras, compuesto de algunas de las mujeres más talentosas de la escena afropuertorriqueña en Chicago.

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James Sanders’ Proyecto Libre – 12.13.13

 

El banquete de eventos gratuitos y de carácter familiar culminará el sábado 14 de diciembre  a las 2:00 pm con una feria de coleccionistas de música afrolatina en vinilo. Este evento multimedia estará a cargo de un colectivo de especialistas en material sonoro antiguo de América Latina, compuesto por Sonorama, Agúzate y Sobremesa Supper Club. Además de poder disfrutar de la música que tocarán los DJs y coleccionistas invitados, los participantes podrán deleitarse con la presentación en vivo de Buya, una sólida agrupación local de bomba, cuyas melodiosas voces y conocimiento de los ritmos más antiguos de la isla del encanto los ha llevado a destacarse como el mejor grupo en su género en Chicago. Se espera una semana fría, pero el calor de los ritmos caribeños sin duda servirá para calentar el alma. Para reservar boletos gratis y recibir más información, visite www.aguzate.org.

3er Festival de Música Afrocaribeña Improvisada.

Publicado el 29 de noviembre en sección Arte y Vida del periódico Hoy.

Un diciembre tropical en Chicago.

Por Antonio Roig.

 

Calendario:

Homenaje a Ismael Rivera con Ismael Rivera Jr.

Miércoles, 11 de diciembre de 2013

8:30 pm – Old Town School of Folk Music

4544 N. Lincoln, Chicago, IL – GRATIS – Donación sugerida: $10

 

“De todas maneras Tite” – Proyección del documental Sonó Sonó

Conversatorio con César Colón-Montijo

Jueves, 12 de diciembre de 2013

6:30 pm – Old Town School of Folk Music Gallery

4544 N. Lincoln, Chicago, IL – GRATIS

 

Proyecto Libre de James Sanders

Y Las Bompleneras
Gran Apertura del Centro Cultural Segundo Ruiz Belvis

Viernes, 13 de diciembre de 2013

8:00 pm – Centro Cultural Segundo Ruiz Belvis

4046 W. Armitage, Chicago, IL – GRATIS – Donación sugerida: $10

 

Feria de Coleccionistas de Discos Afrolatinos

Y presentación en vivo de Buya
Gran Apertura del Centro Cultural Segundo Ruiz Belvis

Sábado, 14 de diciembre de 2013

2:00 pm – Centro Cultural Segundo Ruiz Belvis

4046 W. Armitage, Chicago, IL – GRATIS

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Register for the Festival’s Free Events

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Since all events for the festival are free, early registration will guarantee your spot until 20 minutes before the start time of the show. Take advantage of early registration for the following events:

December 11th, 2013

Tribute to Ismael Rivera featuring Ismael Rivera Jr. 10th Annual Tribute to the Improvisational Singer

Reserve tickets

8:30 pm – Old Town School of Folk Music 4544 N. Lincoln, Chicago, IL – FREE – $10 suggested donation

Thursday, December 12th

“De todas maneras Tite” – Film Screening of Sonó Sonó

Followed by a conversation with César Colón-Montijo

Limited Space. Reserve here. 6:30 pm – Old Town School of Folk Music – Gallery 4544 N. Lincoln, Chicago, IL – FREE

Friday, December 13th

James Sanders’ Proyecto Libre

Opening Act by Las Bompleneras Grand Opening of Segundo Ruiz Belvis Cultural Center

8:00 pm – Segundo Ruiz Belvis Cultural Center 4046 W. Armitage, Chicago, IL – FREE – $10 suggested donation Space is limited. Complete free registration here to save your space.

3rd Annual Afro-Caribbean Improvised Music Festival

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Produced by Agúzate and SRBCC, Chicago’s Annual Afro-Caribbean Improvised Music Festival celebrates the art of improvisation and its many variants in Afro-Latin music. The festival is a multi-genre, multi-venue undertaking that is now in its third year.

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December 11th, 2013

8:30 pm – Old Town School of Folk Music

4544 N. Lincoln, Chicago, IL – FREE – $10 suggested donation

Reserve tickets

Tribute to Ismael Rivera featuring Ismael Rivera Jr.
10th Annual Tribute to the Improvisational Singer

The 10th Anniversary of the Annual Tribute to the Improvisational Singer is dedicated to Ismael Rivera, known by fans across the salsa world as the greatest improvisational singer to ever grace the stage. His rich repertoire, including hits that go as far back as his beginnings in the 1950s with Cortijo y su Combo will come to life through the voice of his talented son, Ismael Rivera Jr. “Ismaelito,” as he is known in the music industry, started his career in 1977 at the age of 23 with Rafael Cortijo. That same year they recorded El Sueño de Cortijo, which included the hits “Elena, Elena” and “Gotas de Veneno.” His career expands over four decades marked by recordings with the most renowned Afro-Puerto Rican musicians of all time, including Kako Bastar, Jesús Cepeda and Roberto Roena.

 

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Thursday, December 12th

“De todas maneras Tite” – Film Screening of Sonó Sonó

followed by a conversation with César Colón-Montijo

Limited Space. Reserve here.

6:30 pm – Old Town School of Folk Music – Gallery

4544 N. Lincoln, Chicago, IL – FREE

Catalino ‘Tite’ Curet-Alonso is the preeminent composer in salsa. Don Tite is responsible for classic recordings such as Las caras lindas, Periódico de ayer, Anacaona, Plantación Adentro and Marejada feliz, among many others canonical pieces in the history of salsa. The legacy of Curet-Alonso was documented in Sonó Sonó, the yearly christmas special produced by the Banco Popular de Puerto Rico in 2011. Featuring Roberto Roena, Cheo Feliciano, Tego Calderón, Trina Medina, Truco y Zaperoko, Lalo Rodríguez, Calle 13 and Yubairé, among other performers, this musical documentary narrates the musical and cultural transcendence of Curet-Alonso’s career, and refreshes his repertoire with new arrangements and interpretations.

The screening of the movie will be followed by a musical conversation lead by César Colón-Montijo, co-researcher and writer of the script for Sonó Sonó. Colón-Montijo is a journalist and doctorate student of ethnomusicology at Columbia University in New York. His dissertation research explores the multi-layered legacy of Ismael ‘Maelo’ Rivera in barrios throughout Latin America and the Caribbean.

 

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Friday, December 13th

James Sanders’ Proyecto Libre

Opening Act by Las Bompleneras
Grand Opening of Segundo Ruiz Belvis Cultural Center

8:00 pm – Segundo Ruiz Belvis Cultural Center

4046 W. Armitage, Chicago, IL – FREE – $10 suggested donation

Space is limited. Complete free registration here to save your space.

Violinist James Sanders brings a lifetime of experiences to his music. The son of a Dominican mother and U.S. born father, Sanders grew up in an ethnically mixed Chicago neighborhood. Encouraged by his mother, he began violin studies at the age of ten, culminating in a performance degree from Yale University. He formed the highly regarded Latin jazz ensemble James Sanders’ Conjunto in 2001. The group was the house band at Little Village’s Jacaranda Club for several years and has performed at the Chicago Latin Jazz Festival, SummerDance, Jazz Showcase, Velvet Lounge, Katerina’s and many more, including a 2011 headline show at Millennium Park’s Pritzker Pavilion. Meanwhile, Sanders maintained a parallel career as an in-demand collaborator with musicians from the AACM collective of free jazz improvisers, including Dee Alexander, Harrison Bankhead, Renee Baker and more. With Proyecto Libre, Sanders combines his Dominican roots and command of Latin jazz with a forward thinking, purely improvisational aesthetic by bringing master musicians from both genres together in a freewheeling musical experiment.

For Proyecto Libre, Sanders selected musicians that he has worked with in both camps, including Avreeayl Ra and Conjunto percussionist Jean-Christophe Leroy. Ra’s career began with such legendary jazz masters as Pharaoh Sanders and Sun Ra. The Chicago Tribune said, “Avreeayl Ra shapes the music-making swirling around him with remarkable precision and poise… an indispensable innovator.”  Leroy is a long-time practitioner of Afro-Cuban, Afro-Caribbean, and West African music combined with an upbringing in Western classical music and jazz studies.

Holding down the center is bassist and composer Joshua Abrams. His ubiquity in Chicago’s improvised music scene makes him one of the most hard-working, creative, and prolific bass players around. Sanders recently performed on Abrams’ score for the film The Trials of Muhammad Ali.

 

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Saturday, December 14th

Afro-Latin Record Collectors’ Fair and Exhibit
Grand Opening of Segundo Ruiz Belvis Cultural Center

2:00 pm – Segundo Ruiz Belvis Cultural Center

4046 W. Armitage, Chicago, IL – FREE

More than a Record Collectors’ Fair, the festival finale will be a multi-arts celebration of Afro-Latin music and culture. It will include an art showcase, sets by Chicago’s top vinyl collectors and DJs and a live performance by Buya. Curated by Sonorama and Sobremesa Supper Club.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Concierto Oficial Alive and Kicking Llega a Puerto Rico

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Viernes, 25 de octubre de 2013 || La Respuesta || 1600 Fernández Juncos Ave. ||

9:00 pm – $10 por adelantado y $15 en la entrada ||

Pupy Cantor interpreta los clásicos de su mayor influencia en la música en el 1er Concierto Oficial de “Alive and Kicking: La Historia de Chamaco Ramírez” en Puerto Rico. Lo acompañará su orquesta “Salsa Libre” con invitados especiales. El evento incluirá un avance exclusivo del documental. Los fondos recaudados serán destinados a la etapa final de producción del documental.

Todos los donantes de la etapa inicial del documental (Indiegogo y AntRocket.com) estarán en la lista de invitados especiales y tendrán entrada gratis.

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Miguel Zenón Live at the Jazz Showcase – Concert Review

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Miguel Zenón at the Jazz Showcase | September 19-22, 2013 | Review by Don Macica| Photos by Scott Pollard

Saxophonist Miguel Zenón brought an unusual project with him to Chicago this past weekend. Although the Santurce, Puerto Rico native often uses folkloric and other source material from the island as a basis for his compositions and arrangements, he rarely executes those ideas in an obviously Latin format. Instead, his regular quartet (which includes the extraordinary drummer Henry Cole, who brought his own Afrobeat Collective to Chicago last December) works almost exclusively on the jazz side, with Latin rhythms hinted at but not explicitly stated.

Miguel Zenón & the Rhythm Collective are something quite different, and his four nights of shows at the Jazz Showcase burned with Afro-Caribbean heat supplied by drummer Joel Mateo, bass guitarist Aldemar Valentin and especially percussionist Reinaldo de Jesus, who brought with him two tables worth of shakers, bells and other rhythm instruments to supplement his four congas. The Collective members are all from Puerto Rico, and the ensemble has played off and on for nearly a decade. A February 2011 gig in San Juan is documented on Zenón’s most recent release, Oye!!! Live in Puerto Rico.

Zenón started things off with a nod to Charlie Parker, whose image looms over the Showcase stage as both a blessing and a warning to the performers to keep it real. After that, though, it was Afro-Caribbean all the way, albeit a highly original and inventive take on the genre. Parker’s She Rote was quickly followed by not one, but two songs from Cuban nueva trova singer/composer Silvio Rodriguez, Aceitunas and El Necio. The gorgeous melodies of both tunes served as a framework for Zenón’s lyrical playing, but each song featured arrangements that ventured far into rhythmic and harmonic territory unimagined in the simple guitar and voice of Rodriguez’s originals.

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The band then made a statement of purpose with a Zenón composition called The Chain that explored the African-derived commonalities of music from across the Caribbean: Puerto Rico, Cuba, Jamaica, Dominican Republic, even Honduras & Belize, with Zenón taking a short break from his horn to beat out a solid bomba rhythm alongside de Jesus.  Next up was another original, Hypnotized, a quietly intense and rhythmically subtle piece inspired by the late jazz drummer Paul Motian.

The first set closed by linking Motian to another important percussionist and bandleader, Tito Puente, with an unusual arrangement of his classic Oye Como Va. Fragments of the melody were repeated until they became nearly a chant as Zenón and the Collective nimbly moved back and forth between different time signatures, stopping, starting and sub-dividing the foundation that Puente built the song on.

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The second set was more of the same, mixing original compositions with well chosen covers.  After another Parker tribute, the band launched into Yuba #1, based on the bomba drum pattern of the same name, but sounding something like Chicago style free jazz.  Among the originals were Variations on an Afro-Cuban Theme and two songs from Oye!!!, JOSNigeria and Double Edge.  Zenón formed the Rhythm Collective 10 years ago for a U.S. State Department sponsored tour of West Africa.  JOS, inspired by that tour, proved to be one of the most straightforward tunes of the night as de Jesus provided a solid yet understated intimation of Fela Kuti’s signature Afrobeat rhythm, supported by Valentin’s supple bass, leaving room for Zenón to creatively reimagine Fela’s iconic saxophone runs. This segued directly into Double Edge which prominently featured layered and juxtaposed rhythms of remarkable precision, bringing the evening to a spectacular close.

Zenón told me that he’s taking his regular quartet into the studio soon along with a big band to record music from his ambitious Identities: Tales from the Diaspora project. Here’s hoping that the Chicago Jazz Festival or some other organization can find the resources to bring the live version to Chicago sometime soon.

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Don Macica is a marketing consultant to the performing arts community and a contributing writer to several online publications including Chicagomusic.org and Arteyvidachicago.com. When not traveling, he lives a stone’s throw from Lake Michigan in Chicago’s Rogers Park neighborhood. He is the author of Border Radio, a blog about music, migration and cultural exchange.

Eddie Palmieri at Pritzker Pavilion – Review by Don Macica

Chicago’s World Music Festival came back in a big way with a spectacular opening night concert featuring Eddie Palmieri and his Salsa Orchestra, an 11 piece juggernaut that pulled out all the stops to drive a crowd of nearly 7000 people absolutely nuts with joy. Gallery 1 – Photos by Scott Pollard.

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If salsa music has an inventor, it’s probably Palmieri. There’s no overstating the importance of his innovations over the past half century, starting with his introduction of dual trombones in the place of typical charanga violins in the early 60s. The punchy, horn driven sound was a perfect match for urbanized Latinos living in New York, something they could call their own, yet harkening back to island roots. Palmieri went on to be a serious piano virtuoso as well, absorbing jazz technique and theory from the likes of Thelonious Monk and McCoy Tyner. Gallery 2 – Photos by www.elíascarmona.com

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If his current orchestra is not the pinnacle of six decades of achievement, it’s damn close.  In Thursday night’s performance, jazz-heads could only shake their heads in wonder and admiration as both the group arrangements and soloists showed a deeply sophisticated understanding of harmony and rhythm. Meanwhile, thousands of others simply danced with unbridled joy at the irresistible Afro-Caribbean rhythms. Palmieri went all the way back to 1940s Cuba for Arsenio Rodríguez’ iconic Dame un Cachito Pa’Huele, and several other classics from Puerto Rico and Cuba found their way into the program, all of which were energized by the heat and skill that the ensemble was throwing down all evening.

Speaking of ‘all evening’, Palmieri’s set was preceded by that of a band that almost single-handedly revived the plena tradition in Puerto Rican popular music. Twenty years on, Plena Libre is still faithfully updating this folkloric tradition for contemporary audiences, augmenting the panderos and guiro with driving horns and sparkling keyboards. While not precisely innovators, Plena Libre remains important in keeping the tradition alive, and their opening set on Thursday was the perfect warm up on a cool fall evening, getting people up and dancing in no time.

September 12, 2013
by Don Macica
Photos by Scott Pollard and Elías Carmona

Don Macica is a marketing consultant to the performing arts community and a contributing writer to several online publications including Chicagomusic.org and Arteyvidachicago.com. When not traveling, he lives a stone’s throw from Lake Michigan in Chicago’s Rogers Park neighborhood. He is the author of Border Radio, a blog about music, migration and cultural exchange.

 

 

Novalima Gallery – Old Town School of Folk Music (8/1/13)

Once again Novalima did not disappoint on their 4th visit to Chicago. The show, which lasted almost two hours, kept people on their feet dancing throughout the night. This show was made possible through a co-production between Agúzate, Old Town School of Folk Music and Sound Culture. See you next year when Novalima comes back to the Windy City.

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Help the Project! Get your Alive and Kicking Merchandise

Two Chicago-based companies (Agúzate Productions and Deboka Films) are producing the film titled "Alive and Kicking: La Historia de Chamaco Ramírez". The documentary discovers the lost story of salsa legend Chamaco Ramírez, an unparallelled Puerto Rican improvisational singer who influenced and entire generation of singers but has remained relatively unknown to the general public. Chamaco died of a gunshot wound in the streets of the South Bronx in 1983 and the murder is still unresolved to this day.

Alive and Kicking is directed by Puerto Rican filmmakers Eduardo Cintrón and Omar Torres-Kortright. It is expected to be completed by the end of this year. Visit www.facebook.com/aliveandkickingthemovie to receive the latest news on this exciting project, produced right here in Chicago.

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Dos compañías con sede en Chicago (Agúzate Productions y Deboka Films) colaboran en la producción "Alive and Kicking: La Historia de Chamaco Ramírez". El documental descubre la historia perdida de Chamaco Ramírez, un sonero improvisador que marcó una época, pero su historia nunca se ha estudiado a fondo desde su misteriosa muerte en las calles del sur del Bronx el 26 de marzo de 1983.

Alive and Kicking es un proyecto de los directores puertorriqueños Eduardo Cintrón y Omar Torres-Kortright. Visite www.facebook.com/aliveandkickingthemovie para recibir las últimas noticias sobre este proyecto.

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August 1, 2013 – Novalima is Back!

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Is that time of the year again! For 3 straight years Agúzate Productions has joined forces with Sound Culture to bring you Novalima, one of the most critically acclaimed Peruvian groups to ever grace the stage. This year we’ve added The Old Town School of Folk Music to the mix, creating a solid partnership to expose a wider Chicago audience to the Afro-Peruvian Electronica phenomenon. Novalima will be playing only one show next Thursday, August 1, 2013 at Old Town School of Folk Music’s 4544 N. Lincoln location. Get your tickets here.

Novalima earned a Latin Grammy nomination for best Latin alternative Album in 2009, and reached number 1 spots on USA CMJ Radio charts, as well as in Canada and European World Music Charts. In 2011, Novalima signed with ESL Music, the label owned by Thievery Corporation, to release “Karimba” its new production, in January 2012.

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Karimba brought even wider recognition to this innovative group, while furthering their mission to inspire new generations to appreciate and respect the Afro-Peruvian contribution to the world of music. With a fresh and innovative sound that stands on a centuries-old foundation of soul and heritage, Novalima promises to keep Afro-Peruvian expression thriving long into the future.