Plena is traditional Afro-Puerto Rican music born in the late part of the 19th century in the town of Ponce, located in the southern part of the island. This popular music genre has been used both as a way of celebration, and as a tool to protest against the local and federal government for critical issues affecting one of the world’s oldest colonies.

Los Pleneros de Don Segundo

Born at Segundo Ruiz Belvis Cultural Center (SRBCC), Los Pleneros de Don Segundo have been playing original plena in Chicago since 2016. Los Pleneros de Don Segundo have evolved to be one of Chicago’s most sought-after plena groups due its unwavering commitment to the advancement of the genre with original compositions and arrangements.


  • Primo Cruz (Lead singer)
  • Michael Rodríguez (Musical director, guiro)
  • Quincy Raggs (Requinto)
  • José Natal (Seguidor)
  • Arturo Vázquez (Trombone)

To hire Los Pleneros de Don Segundo and contribute to the development of original plena in Chicago, contact us at info@srbcc.org or call us at 773-750-7544.