Preserving cultural roots, sharing undertold stories.


Raíces Digital Archive

Roots Music Exhibit Series

Digital Exhibits

Our Roots Music Exhibits explore the stories and histories of artists who practice traditional art forms and work to preserve cultural and diasporic arts.

Pepe Santana

Andean Folkloric Music

José Gabriel Muñoz

Jíbaro Music – Puerto Rico

Silent Knight

Hip Hop in the Puerto Rican Diaspora

Oral History Collections

Explore our growing collection of oral history interviews with musicians, dancers, composers, researchers and teaching artists working to preserve cultural, folkloric and traditional art forms…often in non-traditional ways!

Women in Culture

Oral History Library – 2020

Roots Music Interviews

The Original Collection – 2019

Photo Collections

The Raíces Cultural Center Digital Archive Team works collaboratively with artists and cultural workers in our regional community and throughout the diaspora, to document and share their work as well as provide a platform for them to store and share media from their history as cultural practitioners. These collections are available in both photo gallery and archival formats to make them accessible to the public and researchers.

5th Bomba Research Conference

Bomba – San Juan & Arroyo, Puerto Rico

Photos by Raíces Digital Archive

Contramestra Amazonas & Grupo Liberdade de Capoeira

Capoeira – Vauxhall, NJ

Photos by Raíces Digital Archive

¡Retumba! A History

Pilot Community Collection

Photos provided by ¡Retumba!

5th Encuentro de Tambores

Bomba – Juncos, Puerto Rico

Photos by Raíces Digital Archive

2018 Raíces Roots Music Concert Series

Highland Park & Metuchen, NJ

Photos by Raíces Digital Archive

Segunda Quimbamba Live at the Ferry Slip

Bomba – Perth Amboy NJ

Photos by Raíces Digital Archive

About this Series

The purpose of this project is to document and share the history and cultural impact of folkloric, musical, and artistic traditions from a variety of cultures. Each exhibit or collection focuses on an artist, group, cultural worker, or special cultural event dedicated to practicing, preserving, and sharing cultural traditions and art forms. These are exceptional artists, teachers, researchers, culture bearers and organizers living in and around New Jersey as well as throughout the diaspora. We are honored to share their stories here on the Raíces Digital Archive.

This is an ongoing exhibit series that launched in 2019. The Raíces Digital Archive Team will continue to curate new exhibits and collections featuring roots music genres and highlighting local and diasporic musicians cultural workers who often work hands-on with us to create and publish this work. We will also continue to document the work of the artists already featured and add to the dynamic exhibits and collections found in this series.

Project Support

Grant funding has been provided by
The Middlesex County Board of Chosen Freeholders
Through a grant provided by the New Jersey Historical Commission,
a Division of the Department of State

This project is made possible by a grant from the New Jersey Council for the Humanities, a state partner of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this project do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities or the New Jersey Council for the Humanities.