I have recently gained a particular interest in African descendants in the various countries of Latin America. I recently learned that there is a small percentage of Afro-Peruvians who generally reside in the coastal areas of Peru and can trace their roots way back to the 1500s when their ancestors were taken to Peru as slaves.
Afro-Peruvian dance is really amazing to watch. It is the perfect nexus Latin and African music and dance bringing in a lot of traditional Western African dance moves.
The San Francisco based group De Rompe y Raja does an amazing job of not only preserving this heritage but showcasing it to the rest of us sitting in the dark. If I lived in S.F. I would definitely be taking dance! In fact, according to Peruanista, there is a similar group in my own neck of the woods...now I just need to find a class!
Click here to see a great video of De Rompe y Raja performance and here to learn more about Afro-Peruvian music and dance.
*All pics from Flickr