De Rompe y Raja Cultural Association

Afro-Peruvian music and dance

De Rompe y Raja Cultural Association was founded in 1995 as a cultural organization and performance troupe dedicated to preserving and promoting traditions and culture from the coastal region of Peru, where the music and motifs of European, African, and indigenous peoples intersect.

In 2009, De Rompe y Raja received a grant from ACTA's Living Cultures Grants Program to support Diaspora Negra, a concert-length program drawing upon the African influence in Latin America.  Diaspora Negra brought together the Afro-Latin dance and music of six cultures; community-based artists and master artists will share the stage to feature the traditions of Uruguay, Colombia, Puerto Rico, Peru, Mexico, and Venezuela.


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The cast of De Rompe y Raja's Son de la Diablos (Photo courtesy of De Rompe y Raja)

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