¡Retumba! (Resound!) brings vibrant interactive performances that are musically soulful and passionate as well as visually fascinating. !Retumba! is a feast for the eyes and ears and brings the audience to their feet dancing. We offer various ensemble configurations as well as a variety of folkloric and contemporary music and dance of the Americas. The programs and performances are designed according to venue and audience. ¡Retumba! is a multi-ethnic music and dance ensemble from New York City founded in March of 1981 in celebration of Women's History Month. Interweaving traditional rhythms, beautiful ancient melodies, with its very own unique interpretation, ¡Retumba! bases its work on the music and dance of Africa, Europe, and its expressions in the Americas and the Caribbean: Puerto Rico, Cuba, The Dominican Republic, Mexico, and South America. ¡Retumba! brings forth the drama and excitement of world culture and traditions into a feast of folkloric music that can be enjoyed by everyone while demonstrating the similarities and links of our shared cultures.
Check out this great video!
¡Retumba! at the Apollo Theater
Original composition by Nancy Friedman. Performed by ¡Retumba!
Retumba! performing at the JetBlue Terminal 5 at Kennedy Airport in celebration of the Puerto Rican Day parade in NYC . The clip opens up with the song "Retumba te Invita" written, composed and arranged by Gustavo "Chacho" Schartz. You hear ¡Retumba! music throughout the beginning segment (0:00 - 1:50) until Kaney is presented. ¡Retumba! performers include: Dancers: Alda Reuter, Hana Ali, Goussy Celestin, Mary Cosme, Robyn Lobe, Yvette Martinez; Musicians: Naomi Bloch-Schartz on Keyboards, Jennifer Vincent on Bass; on percussion: Nancy Friedman, Robyn Lobe; on vocals: Christelle Durandy and Sofia Tosello