An article by Siobhan Burke for The New York Times.
As the temperature crept up to 90 degrees on Sunday, a three-hour outdoor performance didn’t seem like the most attractive afternoon activity. But any qualms about the heat quickly faded as Heritage Sunday, an annual presentation of Lincoln Center Out of Doors and the Center for Traditional Music and Dance, got underway.
Bombazo, directed by Milteri Tucker Concepción, specializes in the Afro-Puerto Rican form Bomba, danced in long, layered skirts to drums known as barriles. A row of male percussionists (including one junior member who couldn’t have been more than 10) accompanied an ensemble of women in flowing red and white, though “accompanied” suggests too great a gulf between the pulse of the music and the proud, hip-swaying, shoulder-shaking movement. As Ms. Concepción explained in a post-show talk, the lead drummer in Bomba often takes cues from the dancer; the dancer, in that sense, is the drummer.
The rousing Bambara Drum and Dance Ensemble offered a glimpse into Malian traditions and, from Ivory Coast, some surprisingly acrobatic stilt-walking. And Full Circle Souljahs gave a whirlwind tour of hip-hop dance styles from the 1970s through the present. The company’s co-founder, Kwikstep, could be found in the D.J. booth, serving, in his words, as a modern-day drummer. His laptop and tables, as he later described it, were his drum.