Bomba Marilé Resume

Directors: Miriam Padilla Vargas and Isaias Alavéz Martínez
Phone: 385-955-1115
Address: PO Box 1681 Sandy, UT 84091-1681

            Bomba Marilé was established November 2017 with the purpose of sharing Afro Puerto Rican traditions of Bomba music and dance with the greater Utah community. Since our initiation, we have organized Bomba workshops with visiting instructors, social events including dominos and picnics, and educational activities including showing documentaries discussing issues related to Puerto Rico. Bomba Marilé has had the opportunity to perform at various cultural events throughout Utah including Living Traditions Festival, West Side Dance Cinco de Mayo Festival, Mondays at the Park, and Utah County Fair.  We are grateful for the opportunity to highlight our musical traditions from Puerto Rico and to share them with those who support the cultural arts. 

Awards and Grants:

  • 8/2019 Salt Lake City Arts Council Project Support Grant

Presentations of Bomba by Bomba Marile

  • 10/2018 First Bomba Marilé Batey de Bomba in SLC, UT 
  • 5/2019 Cinco de Mayo Festival by WestSide Dance, SLC, UT 
  • 5/2019 Living Traditions Festival , SLC, UT 
  • 5/2019 Bambula: Remembering the Kongo Connection to Puerto Rico, SLC, UT 
  • 7/2019 Mondays at the Park SLC, UT 
  • 8/2019 Utah County Fair in Spanish Fork, UT 
  • 9/2019 Tooele Latin Festival in Tooele, UT
  • 9/2019 Westside Elementary School in Springville, UT
  • 9/2019 Logan Hispanic Heritage Festival in Logan, UT
  • 9/2019 Hispanic Heritage Festival in Salt Lake City, UT
  • 9/2019 Afro-American Historical and Genealogical Society Conference in Sandy, UT
  • 10/2019 Ogden Hispanic Heritage Festival in Ogden, UT
  • 11/2019 Puerto Rico and Hawaii: Cousin Archipelagos SLC, UT
  • 6/2021 Living Traditions Festival SLC, UT
  • 6/2021 African Heritage Festival Orem, UT
  • 6/2021 Summerfest Arts Fair Logan, UT

Workshops organized by Bomba Marile: 

  • 2/2018: Private Workshop with Hector Lugo and Shefali Shah in Oakland, CA 
  • 3/2018: Private workshop with Ivelisse Diaz, Chicago, IL 
  • 5/2018:  Private Workshop with Hector Lugo and Shefali Shah in Oakland, CA 
  • 10/2018: Private workshop with Hector Lugo and Shefali Shah in Draper, UT
  • 10/2018: Private workshop with Denise Solis and Julia Cepeda in Oakland, CA 
  • 1/2019: Private workshop with Ivelisse Diaz in Draper, UT 
  • 5/2019 Private class with Alberto Pagan Ramirez from the Instituto Puertoriqueño de Musica in Philadelphia, PA
  • 8/2019: Private workshop with Julia Gutierrez and Mateo Gonzalez in Draper, UT 
  • 10/2019: Private team workshop with Marien Torres in Draper, UT

Workshops we Attended that Bomba Marile did not organize:

  • 9/2018 Workshop with Julia Gutierrez organized by  Bay Area Bomba y Plena Workshop in Bay Area, CA 
  • 4/2019 Workshop with Victor Vélez y Marien Torres, organized by Bomba con Buya, Chicago IL 
  • 6/2019 Private class and Bombazo with Beto Torrens, organized by Grupo Bombazo en Tempe, UT 
  • 8/2019 Group Class and Bombazo with Jade Power Sotomayor (Bomba Liberte) and Hector Luis Rivera Ortiz (Taller Bula)


  • 10/2018: KRCL Interview on upcoming Batey de Bomba 
  • 5/2019: KRCL interview on Bambula: Remembering the Kongo connection to Puerto Rico 
  • 9/2019: Caribbean Nightingale Blog on what bomba means to us
  • 3/2021 Living Legacy Vídeo

Social Events organized by Bomba Marilé

  • 12/2017 Dominos con Cafe
  • 1/2018 Dominos con Cafe
  • 2/2018 Conocernos con Comida Caribeña 
  • 2/2019 Lets Play Dominos 
  • 3/2019 Documentary showing “Nuestra Herencia Africana”
  • 4/2019 Lets Play Dominos
  • 6/2019 Documentary showing “The Last Colony”
  • 7/2019 Documentary showing “We are Still Here, The Taino Lives”
  • 7/2019 Noche de Comida Caribeña 
  • 8/2019 Pa’ La Playa- Beach day at Jordanelle State Park 
  • 8/2019 Documentary Showing: “My Puerto Rico: The True History”
  • 9/2019 Documentary Showing “Migration- the Puerto Rican Experience”
  • 9/2019 Ancestry Board
  • 9/2019 Bombazo at Cocina Caribeña
  • 10/2019 Bombazo at Monsieur Crepes
  • 12/2019 Documentary Showing “Erase una Vez en Puerto Rico”
  • 12/2019 Bombazo at Monsieur Crepes
  • 12/2019 Dominó y Briscas at Papito Moe’s

This is Bomba Marilé

A bit of our story.

It is easy to miss the warmth of latin culture in a place that is so far from everything, like Utah. It was the need to connect with other Puerto Ricans and latinxs who are passionate about Puerto Rican folklore, that united what are now the Bomba Marilé group members.

After a bomba workshop offered in Utah on November 2017 by Héctor Lugo and Shefali Shah, instructors of “Bay Area Bomba y Plena Workshop”, we started meeting weekly so that we could study bomba musicality and dance. With a lot of patience and optimism, we continue to study so that we can represent Afro-Puerto Rican culture with the respect it deserves.

It is said that “marilé” is a combination of the words ‘mar’, which means ‘sea’ in Spanish, and the word ‘ile’, which means ‘home’ in Yoruba. The name makes us think of the place we love so much, Borinquen: the birthplace of bomba, and the cause of our union.