Street Co-Naming Ceremony For Musician Bullumba Landestoy In Washington Hieghts

Today, December 4th, 2020, at 12 pm, Council Member Ydanis Rodríguez in coordination with the Dominican Commission of Culture in the United States held a street co-naming ceremony.

The ceremony was held in honor of the work and legacy of the great Dominican musician Rafael “Bullumba” Landestoy.

Bullumba was a prominent Dominican pianist and composer internationally known for his compositions for piano and guitar.

His music has been performed and recorded by great artists from Latin America, especially Celia Cruz, Toña la Negra, Alberto Beltrán, and Vicentico Valdés.


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During the Golden Age of Mexican cinema, the great Fernando Fernández immortalizing his songs “Carita de angel” and “My sweet love”, orchestrated by Chucho Zarzosa.

Also by the musicians Martin Soderberg, Rafael Scarfullery, Francisco Roldán and María de Fátima Geraldes.

Commissioner Lourdes Batista thanked Councilor Ydanis Rodríguez for the trust he has placed and for the opportunity he offered the Dominican Commissioner of Culture in the United States to organize this magnificent and well-deserved recognition of teacher Bullumba Landestoy.

“Today, we celebrated the life and legacy of a great Dominican musician, Rafael “Bullumba” Landestoy. Rafael’s legacy will forever live on in our hearts and through his music,” said Council Member Ydanis Rodriguez. “I am proud to have played a small role in cementing his memory through a street co-naming in the heart of Washington Heights.”

Check out the video with Ydanis Rodriguez and others here.

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