Ancient Rhythm, though I traveled far, I am Africa!

Ana Elrich

I’ve been listening to a lot of old Calypso songs lately. This one really encapsulates my feelings as a child of the African Diaspora.

Ancient Rhythm
By Singing Sandra (2003)

From across the continent that some once described as dark
I feel a vibration, feel a rhythm, feel a spark
When my spirit is feeling low, this natural mystic lifts me so
Like a bongo or Orisha drum, deep in the Congo calling me, “Sandra, come!”

Ancient rhythm!
Makes me feel to dance!
Rhythm!
Dance, dance, puts me in a trance!
Ancient rhythm!
I can’t control mih feet!
Rhythm!
Can’t resist the beat!

I was scarred by their whip, I was tarred on their ship
I was used, I was wronged but that can’t keep me down
Though my face they may scorn, they crown me with thorns
I’m the root, I’m the rock, resolute like mih locs!

Ancient rhythm!

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The skilled artists from the Company are professional and accredited instructors and offer master classes, lectures and workshops on singing, dance and percussion. They are motivated by a wide ranging musical repertoire interwoven with unique and exceptional choreographies Which grows year after year in a profound and meticulous way.

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Yoruba Andabo’s art has-been appreciated by audiences at many public places and Well Known theaters around the world. From Canada, Brazil, the Caribbean, Colombia, Spain, Mexico, Geneva, Paris, and London, Yoruba Andabo have even sold out and Performed at the famed Carnegie Hall in New York City. ‘

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Yoruba Andabo is a Cuban band and a company of 16 singers talented percussionists and dancers performing music of West Africa sacred original preserved as interpreted locally, after being taken there by slaves in the late 16th century group takes its name from two African words loosely translated as “the friends and followers of Yoruba land and culture.”

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The Company has its genesis in the docks of Havana in 1961, when a group of workers gathered at parties and union artistic events. They gave rise to Guaguancó Maritime Port, whole, in 1985, he began a professional career with the name of Yoruba Andabo.
From that moment, he offered his art in various activities of the Union of Writers and Artists of Cuba (UNEAC) He worked with the record label EGREM, initiated by the composer and singer Pablo Milanes, and shared the stage with folk singer Merceditas Valdes.
Currently, the company integrated 16 artists, singers, drummers and dancers. The cast grown dissimilar genres that make up the African roots of Cuban culture and include losciclos Congo, Yoruba, Abakuá and called the rumba, with its traditional rhythms, especially yambú, guaguancó and Columbia, but also They include elements of fusion with other musical genres, creating contemporary sounds and voices.
Several Andabo Yoruba artists unfold as teachers and teach master classes and workshops in singing, dancing and drumming. Motivates them wide repertoire interwoven with unique choreographies that grows each year of deep and thorough manner.

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discography Yoruba Andabo exceeds twenty titles, many of which have won awards nationally and internationally.
He conquered a Juno Award, the Canadian equivalent of the American Grammy Award nominations from the Academy of Music Spain and a shared and two nominations for the Latin Grammy.
Andabo Yoruba art has been appreciated by audiences of important places and scenes from Canada, Brazil, the Caribbean, Colombia, Spain, Mexico, Geneva, Paris, London and the famed Carnegie Hall in New York.

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The Company had its genesis in the docks of the port of Havana in 1961, when workers gathered at trade union parties and artistic events. This brought about the emergence of the Guaguancó Marítimo Portuario ensemble that in 1985 began its professional work under the name Yoruba Andabo. From that moment on, the music group has been performing at different activities organized by the Cuban Union of Writers and Artists (UNEAC). Yoruba Andabo has worked with the Cuban record label EGREM, at the initiative of the composer and singer Pablo Milanes, and shared the stage with folk singer Merceditas Valdes.

The Company is currently composed of 16 artists including singers, percussionists anddancers. Yoruba Andabo cultivates distinct musical genres from the Africanroots of Cuban culture that includes Congo, Yoruba, Abakuá cycles and the so calledcomplex call of the Rumba with its traditional rhythms, especially the Yambú, Guaguancó and Columbia rhythms. There are also crossover elements of fusion with other musical genres, thus creating contemporary voices and sounds.

The skilled artists from the Company are professional and accredited instructors and offer master classes, lectures and workshops on singing, dance and percussion. They are motivated by a wide ranging musical repertoire interwoven with unique and exceptional choreographies  which year after year grows in a profound and meticulous way.

Yoruba Andabo’s art has been appreciated by audiences at many well known public places and theaters around the world.  From Canada, Brazil, the Caribbean, Colombia, Spain, Mexico, Geneva, Paris, and London, Yoruba Andabo has even sold out and performed at the famed Carnegie Hall in New York City.

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Yoruba Andabo es una banda cubana y una compañía de 16 cantantes talentosos percusionistas y bailarines, interpretando música de África Occidental sagrado original, conservado como se ha interpretado de forma local, después de haber sido llevado allí por los esclavos a finales del siglo 16. El conjunto toma su nombre de dos palabras africanas traducido libremente como “los amigos y seguidores de las tierras y la cultura Yoruba.”

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La Compañía tiene su génesis en los muelles del puerto de La Habana, en 1961, cuando un grupo de trabajadores se reunía en fiestas y eventos artísticos sindicales. Ellos dieron origen al Guaguancó Marítimo Portuario, conjunto que, en 1985, inició una labor profesional con el nombre de Yoruba Andabo.
A partir de ese momento, ofreció su arte en diversas actividades de la Unión de Escritores y Artistas de Cuba (UNEAC), trabajó con la firma discográfica EGREM, por iniciativa del compositor y cantante Pablo Milanés, y compartió la escena con la cantante folclórica Merceditas Valdés.
Actualmente, integran la compañía 16 artistas, entre cantantes, percusionistas y bailarines. El elenco cultiva los disímiles géneros musicales que conforman las raíces africanas de la cultura cubana y que incluyen losciclos Congo, Yoruba, Abakuá y el llamado complejo de la rumba, con sus tradicionales ritmos, especialmente el yambú, el guaguancó y la columbia, pero también incluyen elementos de fusión con otros géneros musicales,creando voces y sonidos contemporáneos.
Varios artistas de Yoruba Andabo se desdoblan como maestros e imparten clases magistrales y talleres de canto, danza y percusión. Les motiva el amplio repertorio musical imbricado con singulares coreografías que crece cada año de manera profunda y minuciosa.
La discografía de Yoruba Andabo supera la veintena de títulos, muchos de ellos premiados nacional e internacionalmente.
Conquistó un premio Juno, equivalente canadiense de los Grammy norteamericanos, nominaciones a los premios de la Academia de la Música de España y un premio compartido y dos nominaciones a los Grammy Latinos.
El arte de Yoruba Andabo ha sido apreciado por públicos de importantes plazas y escenarios de Canadá, Brasil, el Caribe, Colombia, España, México, Ginebra, París, Londres y en el afamado Carnegie Hall de la ciudad de Nueva York.

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