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News Marlboro College presents dances of the Afro-Cuban tradition

MARLBORO, VT – (February 26, 2013) – Marlboro College presents a performance by Afro-Cuban dance group Iroko Nuevo with lead dancer and Cuban native Miguel Periche on Monday, March 11 at 7:30pm in Whittemore Theater.

Iroko Nuevo, a group of musicians, singers and dancers, will perform a selection of Afro-Cuban music and dance including the flirtatious dances of rumba guaguancó and yambú; the individual showcasing of rumba colombia (the original inspiration for hip hop); the Carnival festivities of gaga and comparsa; and, because traditions are shared across the Caribbean, the lively songs of Puerto Rican plena and bomba. 

Led by dancer and Cuban native Miguel Periche, Iroko Nuevo has been bringing Afro-Cuban traditions to New England communities since 2006. Miguel was born into a family deeply rooted in Afro-Cuban music and dance. In Cuba he was lead dancer in Conjunto Folklórico Okú, performing throughout eastern Cuba. Since coming to the United States in 2001, Miguel has been featured with SonRisa Dance in New York City and Gaia Roots. He has taught his wide repertoire of Afro-Cuban heritage at Smith College and several Western Massachusetts studios, and has gathered musicians, dancers and singers together to create Iroko Nuevo. 

The performance is free and open to the public.

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