Jorge Emmanuelli Náter
Bomba & Plena Elder & Master
Jorge Emmanuelli Náter was born in Santurce, Puerto Rico and raised in Carolina, Puerto Rico where he defined himself as a master practitioner and researcher of both Plena and Bomba as early as his teenage years. Jorge is a great grandson of master Bomba musician Sergio Náter Peña (most well known for his mastery of the “Primo” or “Subidor” lead drum of Bomba during the early 1900s). Through this vein, Jorge embodies the legacy of at least 100 years of Bomba & Plena knowledge in his family and is the founder and director of the Bomba & Plena ensemble known as “The first family of Puerto Rican Bomba and Plena Evolution” – Hermanos Emmanuelli Náter.
During his 30 years of cultural work, this master drummer has made significant and historical contributions in the preservation and execution of both Bomba and Plena in Puerto Rico, the broader United States, and in Europe. His work and research related to Bomba and Plena have been endorsed by the Instituto de Cultura Puertorriqueña (ICPR), La Compañía de Turismo de Puerto Rico, Puerto Rico's House of Representatives, and the late historian and ICPR founder Ricardo Alegría to name a few. Mr. Emmanuelli Náter has been featured in documentaries such as De Africa al Caribe and En Búsqueda de la Verdad de la Bomba Puertorriqueña (Universidad Interamericana de Puerto Rico) and contributed to programming for HBO, MTV International and local Puerto Rican television shows and commercials.
Most recently, Jorge has worked to further the evolution of these genres through his conceptual orchestra CAPRE – Chicago Afro Puerto Rican Ensemble which is the first ensemble to have Plena and Bomba as its root musical forms and purposefully only utilizes traditional Puerto Rican instruments in its percussion section. In addition to these and other projects and accomplishments, Mr. Emmanuelli Náter is bringing together his knowledge of ancient Afro-Boricua music traditions and expert execution for several upcoming book projects.