settling in Portland, Oregon five years ago, Neftali
Rivera was a professional musician in his native Puerto
several years there, he and his groups played popular
dance music such as the meringue from the Dominican
he decided to return to his first love, the traditional
music of Puerto Rico.
Portland, Rivera has continued to focus on the traditional
music styles which are so immediately familiar to all
Puertoriquenos, such as the bombas and plenas
heard in communities with African roots to the danzas
and aguinaldos heard in Rivera's home town of
members of Grupo BorikÚn are from a wide variety of
backgrounds. Percussionist Victor Pizarro comes from
Lo Hisa, where he learned to play on the street corners.
Vocalist, songwriter and cuatro player Geraldo
Vargas was formally trained at the Instituto de Cultura
Puertoriquena in San Juan.