Segunda Quimbamba

Viannca Velez

Hailing from Jersey City, NJ, of Boricua roots, Viannca is a cultural preserver, artist, and storyteller. One of the most meaningful endeavors she has taken on is becoming a student of the Afro-Puerto Rican musical traditions of Bomba & Plena. She began learning: the music, history, and dance in 2014 through classes with Segunda Quimbamba. Now a member of the band, Viannca performs this traditional music of the island throughout NJ and surrounding areas. She has also performed in Puerto Rico at the 2019 Libre Soberao Festival and as part of the Diaspora’s Delegation at the 2019, 2022 and 2023 Encuentro de Tambores.
A graduate of Seton Hall University with a B.A. in Broadcast and Visual Media, her experience as a communications strategist ranges from broadcast journalism and podcasting to television & digital production, fundraising, marketing, and community engagement.
In 2019, inspired by her backpack travels with her partner, Hamlet, she founded Cultura Lovers, a podcast and platform dedicated to cultural empowerment and reconnection through storytelling and story sharing. Viannca is also the host of the Seton Hall Pirate’s Eye Alumni Podcast and is a regular moderator of cultural panel discussions.