Saturday Video: La Bomba Brings Me Back to Boricua
Outside of my home island of St. Croix, there’s no other Caribbean destination that I’ve spent more time in than Puerto Rico. Even before my days working on the island’s PR account back in the mid-90’s, it seemed like I was always rushing off to La Isla del Encanto for swim meets, connecting flights, or just plain fun.
If you think all this familiarity could breed even the slightest ounce of contempt in my mind, think again. I simply can’t get enough Puerto Rico!
As I type this, I’m just a few short days from jetting back there again, and I could not be more excited. It’s gonna’ be a short trip (just three days), but I’m still trying to cram a long list of uncommon experiences into my itinerary. Near the top is a performance of Bomba song and dance like the one featured in the video above.
Way back around the start of Uncommon Caribbean, we shared a short post on Puerto Rico’s surprisingly strong African heritage and the key role Bomba plays in it. I was inspired to make this one of our earliest posts, in large part, because I’ve enjoyed Bomba music all throughout my life, but have never had the chance to see a performance like this in person… And I REALLY want to!
If I’m lucky enough to experience this over the next few days, I’ll be sure to post a full account soon after my trip. If not, well, at least we’ll have this video…and another excuse to head back to my other favorite island.