WMI Presents Let’s Dance – Bembona x Afrodominicano x Ultraviolet (A Parcha Party)
With her community-oriented and afro-diasporic approach, Puerto Rican-Panamanian Bembona has established herself as a singular voice in the landscape of New York nightlife. In her youth, Bembona’s family introduced her to an eclectic collection of sounds, including Fania records, R&B, boleros, and merengue. Bembona developed a deep appreciation for the heyday of Latinx music in the Bronx and Brooklyn, an influence that still shapes her sound today. Afrodominicano is a Latin Fusion band playing what they call Afro Caribbean soul. Blending traditional folkloric roots music from the Dominican Republic with Afro-beats, reggae, calypso, samba, funk, punk rock and other Caribbean rhythms, Afro Domincano plays original songs written and arranged by the band with a few classics they grew up listening to as Dominicans living in the U.S.A. Bronx-based DJ and longtime collaborator with Bembona and Afrodominicano, Ultraviolet joins us throughout the night.
Inspired by the sonic collisions that blast from car stereos on the streets of New York and Puerto Rico, Parcha Presents creates spaces for musical discovery and radical joy, celebrating Afro-diasporic artists as our guides.
The LET’S DANCE series brings us all together on the dance floor moving our bodies to the infectious beats of DJs and live bands from around the world.