De Rompe y Raja Cultural Association
Afro-Peruvian music and dance
About the Organization
De Rompe y Raja Cultural Association in Richmond, CA, 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.
Living Cultures Grant Program
A grant from ACTA’s Living Cultures Grant Program will support an offering of virtual classes and cultural presentations on the traditional Afro-Peruvian dances and percussion of the Peruvian coastal region. The organization hopes that offering the classes virtually, which began in 2020 in response to the COVID-19 pandemic pandemic, will allow the project to become accessible internationally and also reach students in Peru.
De Rompe y Raja received ACTA funds 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.