Music Video by Kombilesa Mi with 1970s Photos by Richard Cross

by Marta Valier

This music/archival photos video mixes the music video Ma Kuagro by Kombilesa Mi with photographs by Richard Cross. The purpose of this video is to celebrate the Afro-Colombian community of Palenque de San Basilio using the contemporary art of this amazing group of Palenque’s musicians with photos of the community taken by photographer Richard Cross, who documented life in the community in the 1970s. The original sequence editing was done by Marta Valier. William Kwon did additional editing. We thank Kombilesa Mi for allowing us to use their music video. To watch the original video of Kombilesa Mi, visit their YouTube channel. To see more photos of Palenque by Richard Cross, visit the Bradley Center’s digital collection.