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La Quilombera – A Rhythm That Speaks All Languages

Welcome to the Quilombo! A Quilombo was a town in Brazil or the Caribbean founded by runaway slaves. It served as a refuge for anyone wishing to escape their current oppressive condition and a place to exchange ideas in the fight for liberation.

That is precisely what La Quilombera is: a musical group that fuses rock and Afro-Latino rhythms creating a refuge for all who seek to escape from boxed ideas and of course, boredom. Because La Quilombera’s musical proposal speaks all languages, makes you want to move your body, and will certainly make everyone have lots of fun.

Photos by Frank Elias
Photo by Frank Elias

Composed by Juan Blaze (Voice), Beto Torrens (Voice and Percussion), Joel Martínez (Lead Guitar), Alex Berríos (Rhythm guitar/Chorus), Doel Delgado Rivera (Bass), Juanky Hernández (Drums/Chorus), Bryant Huffman (Percussion/Chorus) y Falú Quilombo (Accordion/piano/chorus), La Quilombera is currently producing its first full-length album “Homini Falombiucoccus Mastoidis Nefrolíticus”. What exactly is “Homini Falombiucoccus Mastoidis Nefrolíticus”? It’s that special something that sometimes gets into you and you don’t know what it’s called. Well, La Quilombera gave it a name, and it’s “Homini Falombiucoccus Mastoidis Nefrolíticus”. This album includes the talents of several international artists and industry professionals like Mario Siperman (Los Fabulosos Cadillacs) and Eduardo Bergallo (Shakira, Soda Estereo, Lucibel) that make this a truly unique musical experience. But don’t take my word for it, check them out yourselves by downloading their brand new single “Por cada día” (For each day) on the iTunes store. It’s a fun romantic sound perfect for this season. You may also download their first EP “Quilombo y Barbarie” and their previous single “Caminando Voy”.

Photo by Frank Elias
Photo by Frank Elias

Of course, nothing compares to a live performance. Recently, Puerto Rico had the privilege of seeing them live at the famous San Sebastian Street Festival where the fans were left wanting more. And in order to appease them, La Quilombera will be performing live at the Star Stage during the Festival de Apoyo a Claridad 2015 this Friday February 27th at 10:00 PM, as well as an expansive media tour and the launch of their brand new album. It’s time to join the Quilombo and liberate!

Lee la versión en español de éste artículo aquí: La Quilombera – Un ritmo que habla todos los idiomas

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La Quilombera – Un ritmo que habla todos los idiomas

¡Bienvenidos al Quilombo! Un Quilombo era un poblado en Brasil o el Caribe creado por esclavos escapados. Servía de refugio a cualquiera que huía de sus condiciones y formaba un centro de intercambio en pro de la lucha por la liberación.

Y eso es precisamente lo que es La Quilombera: un junte musical que fusiona el rock con ritmos afro-latinos y sirve de refugio para todos que buscan escapar de las ideas encajonadas y claro, el aburrimiento. Porque la propuesta musical de esta banda habla todos los idiomas, da ganas de mover el cuerpo y de seguro pone a cualquiera a gozar.

Photo by Frank Elias
Photo by Frank Elias

Compuesta por Juan Blaze (Voz), Beto Torrens (Voz y Percusión), Joel Martínez (Guitarra Líder), Alex Berríos (Guitarra Rítmica/Coros), Doel Delgado Rivera (Bajo), Juanky Hernández (Batería/Coros), Bryant Huffman (Percusión/Coros) y Falú Quilombo (Acordeón/Teclados/Coros), La Quilombera se encuentra actualmente produciendo su primer disco de larga duración “Homini Falombiucoccus Mastoidis Nefrolíticus”. ¿Qué es “Homini Falombiucoccus Mastoidis Nefrolíticus”? Es esa cosa que te entra de vez en cuando y te pone a gozar, pero realmente no sabes como se llama. Pues La Quilombera le puso un nombre: “Homini Falombiucoccus Mastoidis Nefrolíticus”. Esta producción discográfica cuenta con la colaboración internacional de múltiples artistas y profesionales de la industria como Mario Siperman (Los Fabulosos Cadillacs) y Eduardo Bergallo (Shakira, Soda Estereo, Lucibel), que hacen de ésta una experiencia musical inigualable. Pero no me crean a mí, escúchenlos ustedes mismos descargando su nuevo sencillo “Por cada día” directamente de iTunes. Es un sencillo de amor sabroso perfecto para esta época de romántica. Allí también podrán descargar su primer EP “Quilombo y Barbarie” y su sencillo previo “Caminando voy”.

Photo by Frank Elias
Photo by Frank Elias

Pero claro que nada compara con un espectáculo en vivo. Recientemente Puerto Rico pudo verlos en vivo desde las famosas Fiestas de la Calle San Sebastián dónde el público quedó contento y con muchas ganas de oír más. Para complacerlos, La Quilombera se estará presentando próximamente en la Tarima Estrella del Festival de Apoyo a Claridad 2015 el viernes, 27 de febrero a las 10:00 PM, además de una variedad de presentaciones en medios, el lanzamiento de su disco y una gira promocional . ¡Llégale al Quilombo y libérate!

Read the English Version of this article here: La Quilombera – A Rhythm That Speaks All Languages

Tech Trips @ Puerto Rico

Tourism doesn’t always entail crisp blue beaches with white sands and Piña Coladas. Sometimes you travel to get to know the culture of a place; sometimes it’s business, sometimes traveling happens for medical reasons, and believe it or not, many times traveling happens for educational reasons. In fact, I’m willing to bet it’s actually the second or third reason for travel. Plenty of people visit a particular city just to attend a seminar or special training.

Puerto Rico actually holds a wealth of technological knowledge that goes mostly unnoticed. The Mayagüez Campus of the University of Puerto Rico trains engineers that get recruited by NASA and the likes. The truth is people are distracted by the pretty beauty queens, the declining economy, and all the dancing, but behind all that glam, the nerds are actually making a big difference.

DevTitans is a new initiative that brings together all the programmers, digital designers, and all around tech lovers of Puerto Rico to provide free training to anyone who wishes to learn about web applications, writing code, digital design, programming, and cloud services.

The demand for such services is increasing, so DevTitans is seeking to place Puerto Rico as a Mecca of technological travel, training, and recruitment. Starting today, trainings will take place at the Microsoft Offices in Guaynabo and will be available twice a month. So basically, any time is a good time for a Tech Trip to Puerto Rico. After the seminar… feel free to enjoy those Piña Coladas at the beach. Sounds like two birds with one stone: Knowledge enhancement and tropical fun.  Go DevTitans!

Circofest Puerto Rico 2014

The circus is in town! There’s nothing quite like the circus; the painted faces and funny hats, the striped pants and acrobatics… It’s fun for all ages. This weekend and all through next week Puerto Rico is blessed with an international cast of circus characters. The first of its kind, Circofest has brought together artists from all over the world to bring joy and happiness to our little island.

Aerial Silk Duo
Aerial Silk Duo

Jugglers, clowns, fire breathers, aerial silk dancers, slack liners, and daring adventurous magical people of all kinds. This weekend they filled the streets of Old San Juan with their art and will continue to spread the joy throughout various parts of the Island during the week to come. I recommend it. For schedules and maps check out their page Circofest.com I really hope they keep coming every year and I can get better pics next time.

This wonderful initiative was coordinated by the local circus artist community in Puerto Rico. Some of the emerging groups and companies are so good, they really need to be checked out. They put on a really good show and also give classes, so if you didn’t make it to the Circofest, you can still fly high or play at acrobatics with this crowd:

Circo Nacional de Puerto Rico

Compañia Subcielo

Educare

Los Tres Reyes Magos (Three Kings Day)

Puerto Rico was a Catholic Spanish colony for over 400 years. Christian influence is everywhere inspiring most of our christmas traditions and customs. One such tradition is Three Kings Day. The three kings or magi were originally mentioned in Mathew 2 as wise men who followed the star of Bethlehem bringing gold, myrrh, and incense to the baby Jesus. Later the tradition became more elaborate naming the kings as three: Melchor, Gaspar, and Baltazar, who traveled on camels from different parts of the world.

A King on a Christmas Tree
A King on a Christmas Tree

In Puerto Rico young children gather grass on January 5th and leave it in a box for the camels to eat while the three kings come and leave their gifts under their bed or christmas tree. On the morning of January 6th they wake to find their gifts while the grass they gathered is gone and sometimes tossed about. The camels (or horses) are a bit messy.

This tradition is so strong a set of real life Magi, Los Reyes de Juana Díaz actually travel through various pueblos of the island spreading cheer, joy, and hope as they go. The Governor traditionally holds a special celebration where children receive gifts. In some households, Santa never arrives, only the Three Kings. Most families have some sort of celebration and many versions of the magi appear all over the Island. This year, the magi brought gifts and a small carriage to give the kids a ride. They loved it!

We ate, we sang, we drank, we joked, and just when we were about to leave… the Parranda arrived.

La Parranda
La Parranda