Long Island City, New York, USA – Rumba, the spirit and soul of Afro-Cuban
music and dance, will be performed at the LaGuardia Performing Art Center’s on
Raíces Habaneras, a Cuban dance troupe based in La Esquina Habanera (Havana
Corner) in Union City, New Jersey, will perform the different styles of rumba in
its purest form without alterations and foreign elements.
The group is one of five contemporary international artists featured in “Performance
Planet,” a multicultural concert series that celebrates the borough’s rich
cultural diversity. The five-concert series’ finale is scheduled for June 14
when Kevin So, a Chinese singer/songwriter whose powerful music is a blend of
pop, rhythm, blues, and hip hop, will perform.
The concert will be held in the college’s Little Theatre at 47th Avenue and Van
Dam Street in Long Island City. The event begins at 7:30 p.m.
General admission tickets are $12; $7 for students and seniors. To purchase
tickets, please call the box office at (718) 482-5151. For information on the
other cultural events visit
Since its creation in 1996, the group has performed every Sunday at La Esquina
Habanera, a club in Union City.
Aside from playing every Sunday at the club, Raices Habaneras performed at the
Fourth Annual Latin Grammy Performance, Avery Fisher Hall at Lincoln Center, and
the Calle 8 Festival in Miami. The group also appeared in the PBS film, “The
Cuban Americans,” The Ivan Acosta’s film “How to Create a Rumba,”
which was shown at the Lincoln Center Movie Festival, and the Heddy Honnigman’s
film, “Dame La Mano,” which was shown at the Gramercy Theatre of MoMA.
Author: Angel Romero
Angel Romero y Ruiz has been writing about world music and progressive music for many years. He founded the websites worldmusiccentral.org and musicasdelmundo.com. Angel produced several specials for Metropolis (TVE) and co-produced “Musica NA”, a music show for Televisión Española (TVE) in Spain that featured an eclectic mix of world music, fusion, electronica, new age and contemporary classical music. Angel also produced and remastered world music and electronic music albums, compilations and boxed sets for Alula Records, Ellipsis Arts, Music of the World, Lektronic Soundscapes, and Mindchild Records. Angel is currently based in Durham, North Carolina.