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It turns out there are several types of Bomba rhythms. We’re going to cover and show you most of them in this part of this blog series.
Most of the types of Bomba you can assign to a particular location or region where they came from. The reason is because of the movement of slaves we discussed in Part 3.
Types of Bomba
It so happens that the exact number of types of Bomba rhythms varies according to how they are classified and subclassified. It seems that there are 7 main types of Bomba. Of these, there seems to be a general agreement that 3 are the principal ones. So here we go!
Consensus seems to build that the rhythms of Sicá, Holandé, and Yubá are the principal rhythms of Bomba. Along with those, Cuembé, Bámbula, Cocobalé, and Hoyomula seem to complete the main types.
Here’s the list of the various Bomba rhythms that I found:
Audio-visual Demonstration of Types of Bomba
As I said in Part 3, I’m going to show you the different rhythms of Bomba, so you can see and listen to them. But I said I’ll do it with the help of a friend.
I found a video by master percussionist Giovanni Hidalgo, in which he demonstrates, along with professor Michael Spiro, the different types of Bomba rhythms. So here we go…
The Origins of Plena
Now that you have a good understanding of the origins, structure, and different rhythms of Bomba, we’re ready to switch our conversation to Plena.
Note: the main blog picture is the “Los Ayala” painting by Samuel Lind of Loiza, Puerto Rico.