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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

How to Use a Greca

This sleek design is a more modern version of the traditional Greca which has an octagonal shape (I think it's 8)
This sleek design is a more modern version of the traditional Greca which has an octagonal shape (I think it’s 8)

If you’ve ever traveled to Puerto Rico, maybe you’ve seen one: A strange looking metal contraption with a handle. It’s a Greca. A greca is an old school coffee maker. Frankly, an ingenious invention, the Greca is both travel friendly and eco-friendly. Compact and enduring, the Greca coffee pot works directly on any stove, grill, or open flame.

Yes, I know by looking at it, it’s probably baffling, but trust me, this type of coffee maker simply never fails.

How does it work? Simple:

Greca_2014-03-26_0041. Open the Greca. Twist off the top part. You will end up with 2 chambers and a funnel-like filter like the picture on left.

Greca_2014-03-26_0052. Fill the bottom chamber with water up to the small screw nut at the top (tap is fine… the water will boil).

3. Fill the filter with ground coffee.
Greca_2014-03-26_0023a. For strong Puerto Rican coffee squeeze the coffee flour down into the filter and fill again, squeezing and filling until the filter is filled to the rim.
3b. For milder coffee, don’t squeeze, fill the filter loosely with coffee.
3c. Obviously you may play with coffee intensity by varying the water levels and coffee quantity used.Greca_2014-03-26_003

4. Place the Greca on the stove (high heat).

5. Wait about 10 to 15 minutes, until the top chamber is filled with coffee. (The water in the bottom chamber boils and rises, passing through the coffee in the filter/funnel and up to the top chamber.

6. Serve.

7. Enjoy delicious old school Puerto Rican coffee!
8. Clean the Greca after it cools.

Have a nice day!