DE CAJóN Project


DE CAJóN Project is a glocal effort: a project that challenges the local-global dichotomy by bridging initiatives in Peru and the Northwest that promote the contributions of Peruvians of African descent. It uses the cajón (a Peruvian box drum) and Afro-Peruvian performance traditions as vehicles to create educational opportunities, unite efforts, and empower artists and activists with similar goals around the world.


Like the instrument, DE CAJóN Project has six sides or objectives:

    Introduce community members to Afro-Peruvian art forms
    Create awareness about the struggles, histories and contributions of Peruvians of African descent
    Engage students of all ages in learning activities to develop music and dance skills
    Redefine through performance the projection and reception of Afro-Peruvian imagery and iconography
    Integrate the work of Afro-Peruvian artists and activists to transform representations of African descent people.
    Perform Afro-Peruvian music and dance traditions for general audiences
    Create opportunities for intercultural dialogue and discussion between international guest artists and community members
    Build relationships with artists and activists dedicated to transforming communities through the arts
    Partner with members of the African diasporic community to recognize shared histories and merge collective visions
    Inspire accountability within and beyond the self
    Strengthen the community capacity to creatively respond to social injustices
    Facilitate processes of transformation through the recognition of inner power
    Bridge local and global efforts that promote and educate about the contributions of peoples of African descent
    Mobilize resources to support Afro-Peruvian community endeavors
    Provide opportunities to reconnect Peruvians abroad with their cultural heritage.
    Catalyze educational and cultural consciousness
    Heal from the traumas of historical oppression
    Restore cultural pride

Our hope is for this project to extend beyond the cajón and the Peruvian experience. We seek to collaborate with other groups and organizations that have a similar strategy of using art as source of identifying power.


Advisory / Administrative team: Giselle Cárcamo, Kristina Clark
Graphic Design: Caridad Iraola, Kristina Clark
Web Management: Ch’aska Rojas-Böttger
Video Producer: Rebecca Simms


Jesus Rojas, Qadriyya Shabazz, Blanca Santander, Angelica and Scott Macklin, Alicia Böttger, Elida Böttger, Antonio Gaviño, Farin Houk, Luis Renao Lema, Carolina Young, D’Artanyon Siu-Smith and Latin Soul Catering, Max Sizemore, Teresita Bazán, The Seattle Fandango Project, Patricio Hidalgo, Federacion Internacional Capoeira Angola (FICA), Seattle Office of Arts and Cultural Affairs, 4Culture, Artist Trust, Andina Restaurant, University of Washington Ethnomusicology Division, Ethnomusicology Student Association, Latin American and Caribbean Studies, El Centro de la Raza, Black Achievers Program, Northwest Tap Connection, San Fernando Peruvian Restaurant, Mt. Zion, St. Mary, St. Edward, South Park Community Center, Northwest African American Museum, and Langston Hughes Performing Arts Center.