Segunda Quimbamba

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About Us

Segunda Quimbamba is a Jersey City-based percussion and dance ensemble that performs authentic Bomba and Plena, the drum music of Puerto Rico. The original ensemble was founded by director Juan Cartagena and his wife Nanette Hernández as Los Pleneros de la Segunda (The Pleneros from Second Street) in 1989 during the Christmas season to preserve the Puerto Rican tradition of caroling called parrandas.

Brought to Puerto Rico by enslaved Africans, it’s earliest, documented manifestations on the island go back to the mid-1600s but it is believed to have been practiced at least two generations before.

The drums are Bomba, barriles de bomba, have similar, if not identical, counterparts in other islands of the Caribbean. The songs of Bomba are influenced by the languages and inflections of other islands too like the Dutch, French and English colonies in the Caribbean. And as with everything in the Caribbean, the influence of Haiti, after the Haitian Revolution, is present.

The southern coast of Puerto Rico, Ponce in particular, is often cited as the birthplace of Plena in the early 1900s in the working class barrios that saw the integration of native Blacks from Puerto Rico along with Blacks from other islands who together created this form of drumming and singing.
he southern coast of Puerto Rico, Ponce in particular

Together we will learn about this rich cultural heritage and honor our ancestors when sharing
our love and passion for Puerto Rico! Join us every Sunday! General Sessions start March 3rd,
Children’s Sessions start April 14th, and the program culminates with a student recital on June
2nd at the Nimbus Arts Center in Downtown Jersey City. 

Experience Community and Culture with Segunda Quimbamba’s UPCOMING EVENTS
Segunda Quimbamba Folkloric Center ubicado en Jersey City, NJ es una organización caritativa y cultural sin fines de lucro que celebra la música de los tambores folclóricos puertorriqueños de la Bomba y la Plena mediante talleres educativos de baile y percusión, presentaciones y conferencias dictadas. The Segunda Quimbamba Folkloric Center in Jersey City is a charitable, nonprofit, cultural arts organization that promotes the drums and folklore of the Afro-Puerto Rican traditions of Bomba and of Plena through dance and drum workshops, performances and conference presentations.

Dance classes begin with a warm up. Exposure to Bomba and Plena learning of rhythms, basic steps and simple choreography done also dancing in pairs. Maximum 15 students per class.

Students learn about singing and chorus, call-and-response methods in the Spanish language and the beloved Plena dancing traditions.

Segunda Quimbamba Folkloric Center ubicado en Jersey City,

Contact us

Executive Director of Segunda Quimbamba Folkloric Center and Music Director of Segunda Quimbamba
Monday - Saturday 10:00-5:00
Juan Cartagena
Nanette Hernández
Director of Development and Education Initiatives
Segunda Quimbamba Folkloric Center

279 Second Street
Jersey City, NJ 07302
(201) 463-4814