My name is Naisa S. Santana Rivera, I am 16 years old and I live in Puerto Rico. I am currently a high school student. I have been playing music since I was only 9 years old. When I attended musical events and activities, I integrated myself to play some instruments and, from there some musicians and recognized groups began to invite me to participate with them. Participation with these groups has led me to gain experience over time. My passion has led me to take several percussion courses to learn more about the rhythms and instruments as well as my knowledge and skills.
*How it all started*
In my family, many are distinguished for being dancers, singers or playing an instrument. So since I was little I was always surrounded by people who have to do with music. I began to participate in several presentations as a dancer, but I was always struck by the rhythm of the percussion and its arrangements. Being from Puerto Rico I have been involved in folkloric groups which led me to my first percussion instruments, “barill de Bomba: and “Panderos de Plena”. When it comes to playing, I am more about Latin/Afro-Caribbean instruments like congas, bongo, timbales, djembe, “panderos de plena”, cajón. The styles I like the most are jazz, latin jazz, latin rumba, bomba, plena, salsa.
I would like to study music in some institute and obtain PhD in Afro-Caribbean music. Travel the world with different groups and get to play with a recognized artist. Commercialize and expose the music of my country.
In the video, you can see two of the genres with which I grew up, La Bomba and La Plena. I started with a “lamento” that is a slow plena and then goes faster. The instruments of the plena are the “guiro” and three “Panderos”. Then it goes to the Bomba with a rhythm known as the “Sica” and then the music ends with a “seis corrido”. The instruments with the maraca, the “cua” and the “barriles de bomba”.