Bomb – one of the traditional musical styles of Puerto Rico, formed by mixing elements of several cultures – Icelandic, Spanish, and the culture of immigrants from West Africa and living in the Antilles Amerindian peoples known as the taíno. Basic rhythm bomb is played on two or more reels.
Although the term "bomb" can be used for the names of a number of rhythms, a common idea that unites all the examples of this genre – a kind of duel between the dancers, percussion and vocals. In its traditional form – as a group dance bomb is still very popular in some cities in Puerto Rico and in new York.
The match, which is the Foundation of dance, is as follows: the dancer makes a series of gestures, in response to which the first drum (so-called primo or subidor) tries to knock the accompanying rhythm. As the fight consists in the fact that the drum follows the dancer (and not Vice versa), the latter needs to possess remarkable physical training, as the dance ends exactly when the dancer stops.
Another option bomb can make a match of three or more singers and soloist, and her singing in this case the dynamics is very similar to the vocal part Cuban son, in which the soloist takes the first chorus, then the chorus answered him, and between the choruses should be poetic improvisation of the soloist. The theme of the texts bombs, usually an ordinary life, everyday, everyday situations and incidents.
The bomb as a separate musical style was born in Magusa (Puerto Rico) in the sugar plantations, and slaves from different regions of Africa, who could not communicate with each other, as spoke different African languages, not found in this case a common language through music. Unlike American Blues bomb passed not a feeling of sadness and longing from the ills of life, and finding ways of getting rid of them.
Further resettlement of slaves in different parts of the island gave rise to different styles of bombs, for example in Ponce played it on large drums. Today, the bomb is widespread in Puerto Rico worldwide and is a mix of distinct regional styles.
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