Puerto Rican Folkloric Music: la Bomba y la Plena


Segunda Quimbamba is a cultural gem based in Jersey City. Led by Master Drummer Juan Cartagena and Master Dancer Nanette Hernandez, the band performs and teaches Puerto Rican folkloric music La Bomba and La Plena, honoring their ancestors and heritage through practicing this preservation. The call-and-response music creates a collaborative artistic space in Bomba for the dancer to move to the drums and for a drummer to follow the dancer’s movements with the sound of the drum.

Known as the singing newspaper, Plena songs share stories of current events, played with hand-held drums. One tradition that we offer for students is la Parranda, which is like a form of caroling. Through these celebrations, we cultivate intergenerational musical experiences for people of all ages and backgrounds.

In-person • On-Demand (Prerecorded)

Price & Info


Assembly Price: $1940

Assembly Two-in-a-Row Price: $2940

Travel Fee: $95 per day (virtual and on-demand programs are not charged for travel)


Audience Limit: 300

Program Length: 45 miniutes

Appropriate For Grade(s): Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th



Arts Appreciation Month

End of Year Celebration

International Drum Month

Music in the Schools Month

National Arts & Humanities Month

National Dance Month

National Hispanic Heritage Month

Curriculum Connections

Curriculum Connections

Dance & Movement

Latin American History

World Cultures


Technical Requirements

AV sound system, 3-4 mics on stands, 3 chairs. They arrive 60 minutes in advance to set up.