Trinidad Obatala Festival

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Trinidad Obatala Festival Video


For the past decade, Trinidadian Oloye Esabenjo Efag Oriyomi Orisagbemi has brought the Obatala Festival to the people of Trinidad., and this year’s celebration took place on the 7th of January . As usual  there was a street procession, a carrying of the symbol of Obatala through the streets of the Ita Osa  to spread the blessings of Peace and Tranquility to One and ALL.

The procession is sometimes accompanied by a police detail , Orisa  visitations and other  energies of the ritual are part of the festival.

7 de septiembre, celebración de la Virgen de Regla o Yemayá – Vídeo en CiberCuba

La Virgen de Regla, patrona del pueblo que lleva su nombre frente a la Bahía de La Habana y que viste toda de azul, se identifica con Yemayá, la dueña del mar. Con su veneración se funde casi todo el panteón Yoruba con la cristiandad en el sincretismo y la transculturación de lo africano y lo español, dando forma al mestizaje criollo en el que se basa la nacionalidad cubana.

07/17 | Batá and Rumba Drumming (Cuba) Concert w/Contemporary Music Project

An afternoon of Cuban style drumming from the Contemporary Music Project.  Learn more about these unique styles, and feel like you are being transported to Cuba.Batá are the most sacred drums of the Lucumí — the Yoruba people in Cuba. Their rhythms invoke the melodies and harmonies of a lost and distant world. When played with their many songs, the batá are a musical bridge to a universe where rhythms speak words and the drum is the voice of a god.Rumba drumming is the key to the Cuban soul, the voice of the street, and a celebration in song, dance, and drum. It is the newspaper, a way of spreading knowledge, a form of social resistance, and a comment on daily life. Its driving rhythms and lilting songs ring with the spirit of the island.Contemporary Music Project’s director Don Skoog is a musician, teacher, and writer who lives in Oak Park.  He gigs on drumset, Latin percussion, Marimba, and Flamenco cajon. He founded the Project in 1982, and has traveled to Cuba numerous times.

Source: 07/17 | Batá and Rumba Drumming (Cuba) Concert w/Contemporary Music Project

A Young Iyalorisa Tells Us The Role Of Dance and Song In Yoruba Spirituality – theyoruba

A Young Iyalorisa Tells Us The Role Of Dance And Song In Yoruba Spirituality
Yoruba Religion – May 5, 20160

My name is Egbelade Omitonade Ifawemimo. I practice African Traditional Religion, Yemoja worshipper. I am Yemoja priestess which also versed in Ifa, Researcher, Theologian. I am a graduate of Obafemi Awolowo University where I studied Economics Education, Ile Ife, Osun State. I am from Ibadan, Oyo State, Nigeria.

In Yoruba culture, songs and dance have so much importance to religious worship and spirituality. All Orisas holds particular importance in dance and songs. And Worship in African Traditional Religion take the form of rites and ceremonies and include prostrating, praying, invoking, and making offerings. Sounding the bell or gong, singing, drumming, and dancing as occasion demands. Song and dance come up under liturgy. Liturgy therefore, is an important element of worship in African Traditional Religion.

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In Orisa Worship, the presence of dance as a way of reenacting spirituality and songs as a way of reverence to the power of Olodumare and Orisas are essential to the worship of Orisas. Each Orisa is identified with drum ensemble, songs and dance styles. Also, every Orisa has unique dance movement that reflects its attributes as we have different drums for each Orisa. That is, the musical instruments used for each Orisa is different. The musical instrument for Sango and Yemoja is bata, Ifa is for Agogo and other Orisas is Dundun.

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The Yoruba Mushroom that European women are coming for – theyoruba

Agbo? Our mystical Yoruba potions. No one really knows what’s in it, but no continental Yoruba can claim never to have drank agbo or been bathed in it as a baby. In fact, people of other ethnic nations within the country  Nigeria and beyond  also partake in  Yoruba agbo faithfully, and all live to tell of its powers. What we do know is that  every agbo is said to be made up of many powerful flora , fungi and flora of the tropical Yoruba forests, and some may contain alcohol as a preservative. Unsurprisingly more and more , European science finds itself agreeing with Yoruba science

For example, certain medicinal journals  are  hailing the powers of a mushroom family known to Yoruba science for thousands of years called Akufodewa.

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¡CONCURSO! Estar orgullosos, danza y nos muestran por qué usted es un fan Yoruba Andabo!


Answer with a comment or post on our Timeline with a photo of why you like our music! We will be sending to the winning participant a DVD album. Be proud, dance and show us why you are a Yoruba Andabo fan!


Responder con un comentario o publicación en nuestra línea de tiempo con una foto de por qué te gusta nuestra música! Vamos a enviar al participante ganador de un disco DVD.

África en la médula del poeta › Cultura › Cultura › Granma – Órgano oficial del PCC

África en la médula del poeta
La décima edición del Coloquio y Festival de Música y Poesía Nicolás Guillén tendrá lugar entre los días 22 y 24 de marzo

Autor: Madeleine Sautié |
8 de marzo de 2016 23:03:53
El tradicional Coloquio y Festival de Música y Poesía Nicolás Guillén, que organiza la Fundación que lle­va el nombre del Poeta Nacional, vuelve entre los días 22 y 24 de marzo, para celebrar su décima edición al calor del tema África y su diáspora, y estará dedicado al aniversario 130 de la abolición de la es­clavitud en Cuba y al 50 de la pu­blicación de Biografía de un cimarrón, de Miguel Barnet.

….. Otra de las propuestas será el homenaje a la rumba, bajo la dirección del maestro José Luis Cortés, el día 24, a las 8:00 p.m., en el teatro Mella, en el que actuarán, entre otras, agrupaciones de renombre co­mo Cla­ve y Guaguancó; Yoru­ba Andabo; Obi­ni Batá y AfroCuba, de Ma­tanzas.

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Meet a Babalawo

Source: Meet a Babalawo

We don’t remember medicine until we are ill.  It’s the same with our  Yoruba medicine , many  don’t remember traditional medicine until Western medicine fails them.  To be fair, there are just as many or maybe even more for whom native medicine is the first port of call for the simple reason that they cannot afford the cost of  Western medical care . But where there are means, the leaning is more towards Western medicine, until of course a problem is encountered that defies orthodox science.

Reasons why people use/don’t use traditional medicine vary,  experiences vary. So many have only praises and some have regrets on using Yoruba herbal science. Why the variations?  There’s  no published  directory of herbal practitioners, or widely acknowledged certification , so that there is  no way of ascertaining the qualifications of a practitioner before you decide to place yourself in their care. In the days gone by, presumably word of mouth recommendation was all the certification required, and that’s at the root of the problem experienced by  people who would  use Yoruba herbal practitioners today. Just how many people who do use traditional medicine will own up to the fact? How do you get a recommendation when visits to Babalawo are seen by the educateratti as hush-hush.



The Origins of Cuban music and its Cultural and Spiritual Importance Within the Cuban Diaspora Community – Student Pulse

Source: The Origins of Cuban Music and its Cultural and Spiritual Importance Within the Cuban Diaspora Community – Student Pulse

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This paper explores how the Cuban Diaspora has formed connections and forged a new identity around music, meanwhile reinforcing the resiliency, adaptability, creativity and autonomy of the Cuban people in the midst of crisis and uncertainty. Arts and culture are not just forms of entertainment, but messengers and affirmations of culture and spirituality. These are all manifestations of a collective identity, which becomes personal. Popular music acts as a conduit that people filter their own experiences through. Throughout Cuban history, patterns of travel and emigration have molded the identity of the people and defined generations (Gleason 113).