During his upbringing Gene was surrounded by African rhythms fused with the rhythms of the Caribbean and Latin cultures. Arriving in the mainland with his father they lived first in Philadelphia then moved to San Diego, California in 1968. His father, a pianist, provided support and encouragement for his musical interests
Bomba y Plena are traditional Afro-Caribbean music forms from Puerto Rico that influenced Gene greatly in his youth. His passion for the music and traditions of his homeland shine through when he talks about them.
BOMBA is "pure African sound" in which the dancers and the lead drummer entertain a dialogue, a sort of competition led by the dancer. The dancer tries to challenge the drummer with movements to be mirrored by the rhythms. Played on barrel shaped drums,