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Bomba Music & Dance Concert @ Mission San Luis
Sep 19 @ 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Bomba Music & Dance Concert @ Mission San Luis

Join us at Mission San Luis for a FREE CONCERT by Taller Balancé Bomba Afro-Boricua who will present bomba, a style of music and dance that emerged in Puerto Rico from West African, Taíno and Spanish cultural roots. Taller Balancé will share the fundamentals of bomba as well as the cultural and historical significance of the style. Participation is encouraged!

Taller Balancé is featured as part of the 2019 Folklife Artist-in-Residence Program sponsored by the Florida Folklife Program and the Florida State University Center for Music of the Americas.

Also don’t miss the FREE WORKSHOP offered to the public on Wednesday, September 18 from 5-6 pm in the FSU Westcott Building, Room 060!

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Soundscapes of a Spanish Mission @ Mission San Luis
Oct 3 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
Soundscapes of a Spanish Mission @ Mission San Luis

“Soundscapes of a Spanish Mission: Music, Dance & Bells in the Borderlands of the Ibero-American World”
by Dr. Kristin Dutcher Mann

Reception 6:00 pm | Lecture: 6:30-7:30 pm

Join us at Mission San Luis for the second in our series of presentations on “Colo-nial Sounds: The Influence of Native and Spanish Music on America”

Historian Kristin Dutcher Mann will discuss the ways in which music and dance shaped cultural interactions in the Franciscan and Jesuit mission communities in Northern New Spain. Performed sound — liturgical music, devotional songs, music for special occasions, and bell-ringing — structured time and space. It created, reinforced and sometimes challenged power structures, as well as social and economic relationships in places in the borderlands between native ground and the Spanish empire.

Dr. Kristin Dutcher Mann, a professor of History at the University of Arkansas, Little Rock, is a specialist in the history of Colonial Latin America and the U.S.-Mexico borderlands.