Conjunto Folclorico Raices Profundas
Just like their name entails, their roots go deep into the soul of AfroCuban dance, culture and folklore!
Raices Profundas was founded in 1975 and today is widely regarded as one of the world’s most authentic performing ensembles in the Yoruba traditions. The dancers and musicians have intense dedication to their company, their art and their traditions.
Their performance takes the audience on a journey through time in the rich Cuban culture, from the deepest Afro-Cuban roots, through the beloved Latin dances of generations past, right up to the hottest salsa of today.
The director, Juan de Dios Ramon Morejon, is one of the last greats of an era. He is highly revered as a teacher and historian, and has been a major influence in conserving, documenting and maintaining Cuban cultural traditions. He began performing Afro-Cuban dance and music as a child, and participated in many ensembles. In 1962 he became one of the founding members of the Conjunto Folklorico Nacional de Cuba where he was a principal dancer, percussionist, singer, choreographer and professor until 1987. He is still an exceptional teacher and choreographer, and is considered to be one of the most knowledgeable sources of information on Afro-Cuban Yoruba folkloric dance and music that you can find today. He has received countless awards of recognition and artistic achievement and he has performed and taught throughout Latin America, North America, Europe, Asia, and Africa.
To learn more about Juan, visit his “About Page”.
This company displays amazing energy and passion in everything they do, whether they are performing, teaching or simply discussing the traditions and work of their master teacher. Raices Profundas is truly among the best Cuba has to offer in this genre. They also give outstanding performances in rumba, chancleta, son, danzon, casino and a variety of other traditional Cuban art forms. They are constantly at work, giving performances, workshops, conferences and trainings, both in and outside of Cuba.
To learn more about the company, visit their “About Page”.