Free community cumbia and Afro-beats rhythm groups


¡Viva el Arte de Santa Bárbara! opens its 13th season with Buyepongo – tropical cumbia and Afro-beat rhythms –  in free events at Isla Vista School, Friday, September 29, 7 pm; at Guadalupe City Hall, Saturday, September 30, 7 pm, and at The Marjorie Luke Theatre at Santa Barbara Junior High on Sunday, October 1, 7 pm. Warm up for the concert with free cumbia dance classes starting at 6:15, taught by Rosalina Macisco, Director of Santa Barbara Dance Institute, in Isla Vista and Santa Barbara; and, in Guadalupe, by Ricardo Gabaldon Jr., Director of the Ernest Righetti High School Marimba Band and Ballet Foklórico. Buepongo visits schools in Santa Barbara, Goleta, Carpinteria and Lompoc, and County Probation Department Facilities, in a five-day residence.


With deep roots in South and Central America, Buyepongo draw heavily from the Latino musical culture. Taking their cues from traditional music of Colombia, Haiti, Belize, Honduras and the Dominican Republic, Buyepongo create a very vibrant polyrhythmic sound by seamlessly fusing merengue, punta, and cumbia. The group’s pulse and power is built around the drum and guacharacacombined with horns, accordion and vocals.


  • FREE CONCERT – Friday, September 29, 7:00 – 8:00 pm, Isla Vista School, 6875 El Colegio Rd., Goleta

Free Cumbia class with Rosalina Macisco 6:15 – 6:45

  • FREE CONCERT – Saturday, September 30, 7:00 – 8:00 pm, Guadalupe City Hall, 918 Obispo Street, Guadalupe

Free Cumbia class with Rircardo Gabaldon 6:15 – 6:45

  • FREE CONCERT – Sunday, October 1, 7:00 – 8:00 pm, Marjorie Luke Theatre, Santa Barbara Jr. High, 721 E. Cota Street, Santa Barbara

Free Cumbia class with Rosalina Mascisco 6:15 – 6:45