Hailing from the Atlantic Coast of Colombia, the rhythm known as Bullerengue is a clear example of a rich tradition that expresses the heart and soul of the community it represents. Often associated with women, Bullerengue’s most representative performers, known in the tradition as ‘Cantaoras,’ are powerful women that through the strength of their voice convey the realities of daily life, from the sad to the joyful, with depth and humor. Through the primal energy of the African descendent percussion, the visceral power of the singing voice, and the highly symbolic elements of its dance moves, often representing the women’s role in the community, Bullerengue is a powerful tool to connect to the world, and to transcend the hardships of daily life.
The women participating in this Workshop had the opportunity to have a direct experience of the power of Bullerengue tradition. Through learning verses, learning to follow the ‘cantaora’ with palms and vocals, and through learning Bullerengue dance moves, participants took part of an empowering experience. Bullerengue is a musical style and a dance that for years has been a pillar of cultural expression for women in Colombia’s Caribbean Coast.