In my first post about my new home city of Buenos Aires, I spoke of the beat of the city, and how the energy here is palpable. Nothing demonstrates that musicality so vital to this city’s personality better than the weekly, high-energy percussion show called La Bomba de Tiempo.
The group of distinguished percussionists plays together every Monday at the Ciudad Central Konexbeginning at 7 pm with guest performers under the direction of Santiago Vazquez. The show, which costs 25 pesos at the door or 20 pesos in advancea, attracts an absurdly fun, young crowd — many of whom would qualify as Argentine hippies — that spends the duration of the show whistling, clapping, smoking, stomping, dancing, swinging their hair and guzzling liters of Quilmes beer. The director interacts with the crowd throughout the performance all while leading the Bomba percussionists in some impressive structured improvisation.
To get an idea of the sound, energy and audience of a typical Bomba show, check out the TKGO YouTube video below. Parts of the video are a little shaky, which I apologize about, but there was no chance I was standing still for any moment of this performance.
–Karina for TKGO
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