Lydia Pérez 

RHODE ISLAND

We are Yoruba 2,  a National group from Rhode Island

Lydia started  Yoruba 2 with her husband and two daughters in November 19, 1998 in commemoration of the Discovery of Puerto Rico.  Now, Yoruba 2  is an award-winning and nationally renowned traditional music and dance troupe from Rhode Island that brings Puerto Rico and the Caribbean culture to the region. The group is known for playing genres of music such as Bomba, Plena, and other Latin  rhythms. 


 Lydia performs and teaches music and dance that is inherited through her "blood and spirit". She has been working for eighteen year with her original  staff members.  With her twenty two years of experiences as an  Arts administrator and leadership in her community and through Yoruba 2,  Lydia promotes and supports others Latino artists,  groups and organization in Rhode Island.

Members (Rhode Island)
Lydia Perez, Founder/Director, Singer, drummer and Dancer
Wendell Rivera, Co-Founder, Buleador and Chorus
Yidell Rivera -Cuá and chorus 
Dorothy Rivera -Dancer and chorus 
Luis Arias, Music Director,   repicador, chorus  and Caribbean rhythms
Jesus Andujar- Buleador, repicador and Caribbean rhythms
Eddie Vargas-Buleador and repicador

Artistic Associates  (New England) 
Manolo Mareina - Buleador, Plena singer, and chorus 
Heshima Moja -Director of Souljourn Music Group 
Rene Gonzalez- Repicador and Buleador 
Victor M. Sterling- Repicador
Brendaliz Cepeda- Bomba Dancer
Sixto "Tito" Ayala- Repicador