AfriCaribe is a non-profit organization dedicated to the preservation,
research, promotion and development of the Puerto Rican and Caribbean
cultures through music, dance, theatre and other artistic mediums.
was created in 2000 by Evaristo “Tito” Rodriguez in an
effort create an organization in Chicago that would have the unique
intent of celebrating the African influence in Puerto Rico and other
countries of the Caribbean. His vision came to fruition in the form
of an umbrella organization that provides educational and cultural
programming through four main programs. These are the academy through
which professional dancers and musicians teach traditional drumming
and dance of several Puerto Rican Bomba rythyms; the performance ensemble
that prepares and presents various styles of folk music from Puerto
Rico and the Caribbean through song, dance, drums and other percussive
instruments; the production company which will be responsible for
annual events including folklore conferences; and the education department
that will provide workshops and lectures by members of the organization
and other invited professionals.
is the soul of a group of people. Characteristics such as traditions,
language, literature, theatre, music, dance and art help define a
cultural group. These are developed over time throughthe experience
of adaptation, creation and survival. Thus, culture becomes both that
which is past and that which is practiced. In this process, culture
evolves using the past as a foundation.
AfriCaribe is a group of people whose main goal is to acknowledge
the offerings of the past by fusing them with original ideas thereby
contributing to an evolving culture. By exploring the past, this group
will use history to develop a space in which people in struggle for
cultural survival can preserve, create and develop traditions. This
philosophy will be carried out with respect to the contributions of
our ancestors, will adhere to the integrity of tradition and will
be committed to
creativity and self-expression.
AfriCaribe seeks to accomplish its mission by developing a performance
ensemble that will utilize dance, music, theatre and other artistic
mediums to celebrate cultural traditions. Although it will reflect
the influence of other ethnic and cultural groups, AfriCaribe’s
primary focus will be on the presence of African cultures in the Caribbean.Components
of AfriCaribe allow us to complete our mission as "a not-for-profit
organization dedicated to the preservation, research, promotion and
development of the Puerto Rican and Caribbean cultures through music,
dance, theatre, and other artistic medium."