Bronx Rising! December: Parranda Con Paranda

Published on December 16, 2014, 3:12 pm
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Join us for the last Bronx Rising! in 2014!

After the rousing success of last year, BMHC and the Garifuna Coalition are please to present the 2nd Annual Parranda con Paranda: A Puerto Rican and Garifuna Holiday Celebration. Featuring Hector “Pucho” Alamo, Lucy Blanco, Braata Productions, Libana Maraza, James Lovell, Bobby Sanabria, Jorge Vazquez, and more! We’ll begin the parranda at El Maestro (across the street at 1300 Southern Blvd.) at 3:45 p.m. and end up for the performance at the BMHC Lab at 4:00 p.m.

Enjoy food sold by Melissa’s Pan, LLC, a company specializing in traditional Garifuna food!

This program is part of Make Music Winter. It is co-presented by the Garifuna Coalition, Braata Productions and El Maestro.

This year the focus is on:

Celebrating el Festival del Hatillo (Puerto Rico), Wanaragua (Garifuna) and Jonkunnu (Jamaica).

The Christmas season is a very festive time for Puerto Ricans, on the mainland and the island. During this time groups of strolling musicians go from house to house in parrandas in what is considered the Puerto Rican version of Christmas caroling. During the parranda there is an exchange of music and poetry for food and gifts. Garifuna paranda is both a rhythm and a musical genre. Paranda itself became a genre in the 19th century soon after the Garifuna arrived in Honduras and were introduced to Spanish styles of music, which incorporated the acoustic guitar.

Jonkonnu is a masked celebration performed around Christmas time throughout the Caribbean, in places like Jamaica. The Garifuna version of it is called wanáragua. In Puerto Rico, in Hatillo, the Día de los Inocentes is celebrated with El Festival de la Máscaras on December 29th. All these holidays share some common masquerades and customs, and we’ll take a look at all of them from a musical perspective.

We are asking people to bring toys for donation as we are collecting them for El Maestro’s January 3rd Three King’s celebration (unwrapped, new, non-violent toys please).


Date: December 21, 2014
Time: 4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Cost: Free, $5 suggested donation
Organizer: Elena Martínez
Phone: 212-529-1955 x. 16


Bronx Music Heritage Center Lab
1303 Louis Niné Boulevard
Bronx, NY 1045

Phone: 917-565-2727


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