Ritmolandia—the free traditional Afro-Latino percussion preservation workshop series geared toward the Mission community and hosted by some of the top Bay Area musicians and dancers—will beat once again.
The sessions, which start again on March 3 at In Chan Kaajal Park at 17th and Folsom streets, are open to the public with the hope of engaging the Mission community and celebrating its Latino heritage and connection to the African diaspora by providing access to teachers of traditional percussion styles. The sessions are also designed to aid the underserved within the Mission community in the fight against gentrification, by providing access to creative musical outlets, especially for local youth.
Organizer Alfie Macias—a professional percussionist and San Francisco resident of nearly 30 years—engineered a partnership with Youth Art Exchange funding and San Francisco Recreation and Parks Department to host the workshops.
“The goal is to help artists do what they do, to give these masters the opportunity to keep their drums alive, while also empowering the community with their own cultural heritage during this ‘Great Displacement,’” Macias said, referring to the aggressive wave of gentrification that has hit the traditionally working-class Mission neighborhood especially hard, displacing many Latino residents.