Olas de la Mar is a project destined to rescue and strengthen the Congo music and dance, and create a memory literacy mechanism…
Register, identify, connect, promote and investigate in depth the sound diversity in Portobelo, Panama and in the different communities of the Afro diaspora of Latin America.
The first generation of musicians from La Escuelita del Ritmo, Barrio Fino emerged in 2011, it is a musical project that brings together a large number of Portobelo people, it is based on experimentation and fusion of Panamanian rhythms with the Congo rhythms of Portobelo.
The second generation of musicians from La Escuelita del Ritmo, a Big Band formed in 2015, made up of the most dedicated students, participated in more than 70 concerts nationally and internationally, representing the project in front of Presidents, Ministers, Ambassadors, African Kings or famous actors…
The Zaracundé is the dance of the black bozales, also known as Conocué, which represents the black runaways. It is the fight of blacks against slavery, in the dance the story of a black mother is represented…
Dance is a culture associated with musical genres and Afro-colonial heritage. African rhythms brought by black slaves from Angola, Cameroon, Guinea and the Congo. Its origins come from the syncretism of black Africans with their Spanish enslavers, whose impossible coexistence gave rise to the Congo.
Children, adolescents and young people are the protagonists, a journey that humbly seeks a return, a crossing to the other side of the Atlantic, a sound, a memory dedicated to the ancestors and to the first home of the Portobeleños, Africa.
La Escuelita del Ritmo, within its dance workshop to preserve and transmit these traditions, has created a project so that everyone can discover a part of the expressive and creative beauty of Congo dance.
Generating a creative Laboratory: “Soundscapes of Portobelo” through the recording of sounds from the everyday life of the town (Bay, Jungle, beach, vendors, voices, hundreds of tracks from La Escuelita, Congos, legends and myths from day to day , etc.)
Palenque, quilombo, cumbe or rochela is a term used in Latin America to refer to politically organized places or concentrations of wild slaves who were emancipated from slavery in places with water sources and caves, with mayors who exercised their authority in the interior thereof.
The Afro Cimarrón Festival will be our strategic axis, a Festival that positions Portobelo as the Capital of African Culture in Latin America.
One of the most exhilarating music experiences in Latin America in Portobelo, Panama.
Our Programming focuses on African, Afro-Latin music, from the World of our roots the Congo and miscegenation will inspire ideological movements and the influence of people who define contemporary times. Portobelo, capital of culture as its main heritage, will promote sustainable development of the community, based on education, culture, social mobilization and economic development.
Our Residency offers a space that promotes experimental and avant-garde artistic expression focused on music, dance and audiovisuals.
We do not set limits on creativity and that is why we also accept proposals in multidisciplinary areas. It is essential that the “product” to be generated or the exchange point has a focus on the tangible and intangible heritage of the Portobelo community.
Our Residency, which we call a laboratory for experimentation with authentic ideas and concepts, is the starting point to share, hydrate, learn, develop different perspectives, deepen concepts, consolidate and materialize.