“I’ve continued that tradition. I wrote my Musicology dissertation on a genre of music called La Bomba, and as part of the research, I went to Ecuador, to the area where my father grew up. My father is Afro-Ecuadorian, so that music is part of the heritage he and I share.
“I teach high school Spanish now, and I’m hoping to incorporate more of the musical and cultural context of the language as time goes on. I’d like to see kids of Hispanic descent valuing their heritage rather than shunning or disregarding it. Being a part of two cultures can enrich their lives and give them a unique perspective that other people don’t necessarily have. It becomes more meaningful as you get older and becomes more important professionally as well. You don’t have to choose the American culture and reject the Hispanic one or choose the Hispanic heritage and reject the American. You are between the two. There is great value in embracing both.”
Dissertation: La Bomba es Vida (La Bomba is Life)
YouTube: La Bomba music