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Raíces Cultural Center co-founder and Archive Curator Nicole Wines at Calle Ismael Rivera (a.k.a. "Calle Calma") on day 1 of the 5th Bomba Research Conference in 2013.

Eugenia Ivelisse Rivera, sister of Ismael Rivera and director of the Fundación Ismael Rivera welcomed PROPA and the 5th Bomba Research Conference to the family home, and current museum and historical site dedicated to Ismael Rivera.

Raíces co-founder and Archive Curator Nicole Wines with Eugenia Ivelisse Rivera, sister of Ismael Rivera and director of the Fundación Ismael Rivera.

The speakers in the "Panel de testigos oculares y descendientes de la bomba antigua" (Panel of eyewitnesses and descendants of historic bomba from the early 20th century) that participated in the 5th Bomba Research Conference ranged in age from 78 -…

During his performance Pepe has his instruments on display. These are just a few of the many pan flutes in his collection. This instrument is a staple in Andean Music. Pepe sometimes plays two at a time.

Here Pepe is tuning his instruments for his performance at Whispering Knoll Assisted Living facility in Edison, New Jersey.

Pepe holds up instruments to show his audience. This is a trademark of Pepe's performances. He believes in respecting his audience's intelligence by explaining to them the origins of his instruments and how they are used in Andean Music.

Pepe plays the charango. This is another staple in Andean Music. It is a small guitar made up of ten strings. The back of a charango is the shell of an armadillo.

Pepe plays the pan flute and drum. Pepe calls the beating of the drum a "rythmic pattern" in which music can be added to create a song.

A close up of Pepe Santana playing the pan flute and drum.

Pepe Santana plays and sings an Andean song for his audience in an indigenous language.

Pepe Santana plays the Quena flute. It is made of bamboo. It is often associated with "fertility rituals of resurrection and life." The Quena has been recognized as one of the most important wind instruments of Andean Music. It has even been depicted…

Pepe Santana wears a chullo hat. This is an iconic hat worn by indigenous peoples of the Andes for thousands of years. The different colors, patterns and weaves are used to differentiate between communities. …

The audience gets a close up of Pepe Santana's pan flutes as he explains the importance of them in Andean Music.

Pepe welcomes the audience to his performance. During this performance they will learn so much about the beautiful Andean Music Pepe has played most of his life.

Pepe Santana smiles as the audience enjoys his music.

These large pan flutes are one of the staples of Andean Music. Andean Music traditionally consists of only two types of musical instruments,wind and percussion.


Pepe Santana was gracious enough to not only allow us into his home in Stanhope, New Jersey but to let the Raices team look at and touch his instrument collection. Pepe has acquired his collection during the span of his career. He took the time to…

These are the guitars and other lute family instruments that make up Pepe's strings collection.

A close up of a small selection from Pepe Santana's stringed instrument collection.

Pepe shows us his collection of instruments in his home. Many of his instruments hold special stories.
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