Studio: Spaceworks @ Williamsburgh Library

Discipline: Dance & Music

Based In: NYC

Website: BombaYo


BombaYo emerges from the streets and schoolyards of the Bronx, where salsa and hip-hop were born. Under the direction of Jose L.Ortiz aka Dr.Drum and Melinda Gonzalez, BombaYo’s young people bring new energy to a centuries-old Afro Puerto Rican music and dance tradition. 


“Bomba starts from within. As bomberos, we feel a deep connection to our souls. We express our inner light by uniting drumming with dance. Call and response singing provides support for the main drummer and dancer, and it welcomes audience members to join us.”


Beyond mere performance, BombaYo creates an interactive celebration. In the spirit of Sankofa, BombaYo members draw from the bomba tradition to enrich their lives, embrace their cultural legacy, and share this gift with others. In a short time, the group had been invited to perform at schools, youth conferences, and Latino Heritage Month events across NYC.


Spaceworks sits down with BombaYo’s directors Melinda Gonzales and Dr. Drum>>


NY TIMES: A Beat Calls Puerto Ricans to Their African Roots>> 



National Women’s Heart Day at Madison Square Garden’s Expo Center

Brooklyn Academy of Music with Dan Zanes

National Museum of History

Easter Bonnet “On Broadway, 2010” at Minskoff Theatre

Symphony Space

2010 album DARE TO GO BEYOND with Corbin Bleu and William Cepeda, produced by Revolucion Latina.