On June 3, there was a grand celebration of Afro-Peruvian Cultural Day with tasty "comida criollos" (Peruvian soul food), black artifacts with a homage to the Mother of Afro-Peruvian dance and theater, Victoria Santa Cruz.
The late Rinaldo Campos, founder of the of the
internationally acclaimed Perú Negro dance troupe.
A child playing the cajón in celebration of Black Heritage.
What we in the United States call "soul food," Afro-Peruvians call it "comida criolla." recipes passed down through generations since slavery.
I am about to chow down on a "seco de cordero" (dried lamb stew) consisting of lamb, rice, beans, potatoes, carrots, and ají (chili peppers).
Victoria Santa Cruz, the Mother of Afro-Peruvian dance and theater.
Below is her husband, Nicomedas Santa Cruz, poet, composer, journalist, and folklorist.
Amador Ballumbrosio, the Godfather of Afro-Peruvian music and dance.