Meet a Babalawo

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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.



Earth, Wind and Fire to perform for 1st time in Cuba! Courtesy of and by “Fox News Latino”

Yoruba Andabo is proud to be part of the third Havana World Music festival. Rumbatime!

Courtesy of  and by Fox News Latino

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Published November 25, 2015 EFE

The iconic funk rhythm band Earth, Wind & Fire will perform for the first time in Cuba during the third edition of the Havana World Music festival, organizers of the March 2016 event confirmed on Wednesday to EFE.

The U.S. band is scheduled to perform numbers from its most recent album “EW & Experience,” although additional details of their show remain to be specified.

Earth, Wind & Fire will head the list of bands at the third Havana World Music festival, which will also include the Mexican band Centavrvs, nominated for a Latin Grammy; Ellas, a trio of mariachis from Los Angeles; Spaniards Jorge Pardo and Lin Cortes, and Carolina Camacho from the Dominican Republic.

So far, the host country’s performers will include salsa band Havana D’ Primera, singer-songwriter Kelvis Ochoa, the Yoruba Andabo folk group and jazz newcomers Yissy & Bandancha, among others.

Havana World Music was launched in 2014 by Eme Alfonso as a result of his experience in a project to investigate the island’s ethnic-cultural origins.

According to the artist, the aim of the festival is to suggest to the young Cuban public “new sounds coming from different cultural areas,” which make the event a forum for disseminating alternative musical styles outside normal commercial routes.

Back in Havana, as the man says “Chilling!” Thank you Caracas!

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#YoSoy YorubaAndabo #YoSoyCuripaya #YoSoyCubano

We went to Caracas, renewed and made new friendships, chanted and performed for our fans and supporters! The proof….!!!

A great big thank you to our fans and supporters who made this possible!


YORUBA ANDABO arrived in Caracas! YORUBA ANDABO llegó a Caracas!

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YORUBA ANDABO llegó a  Caracas (6 al 8 de noviembre)


Viernes 6/ VENETUR/Salón Anauco

Sábado 7/VENETUR/Salón Bicentenario

Domingo 8 /Teatro La Caridad

Producción PB Eventos/ Fondo Cultural del ALBA

YORUBA ANDABO arrived in Caracas (6 to 8 November)

Friday 6 / VENETUR / Lounge Anauco

Saturday 7 / VENETUR / Lounge Bicentennial

Sunday 8 / Teatro La Caridad

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Salón Anauco/VENETUR

Viernes 6 de noviembre, 10pm

Producción Fiver Star y PB Eventos



Hall Anauco / VENETUR

Friday, November 6, 10pm

Fiver Star and PB Eventos Productions




Salón Bicentenario/VENETUR

Sábado 7 de noviembre, 6pm

Producción PB Eventos


Afro-Cuban music and dance

Bicentennial Hall / VENETUR

Saturday, November 7, 6pm

PB Eventos Productions




Teatro Alameda

Domingo 3pm

Producción PB Eventos


Afro-Cuban music and dance

Alameda Theatre

Sunday 3pm

PB Eventos Productions




Teatro Alameda

Domingo 8pm

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Alameda Theatre

Sunday 8pm

PB Eventos Productions



Final Avenida Lecuona.  Complejo Parque Central. Edificio Anauco.  Caracas 1010-A

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Final Avenida Lecuona. Central Park complex. Anauco building. Caracas 1010-A

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Historical tour of Yoruba Andabo in the U.S.A postponed to January 2016

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Yoruba Andabo wishes to apologize to all its friends and public in the United States for postponing the tour scheduled for this November, for reasons beyond the control of the company, the involved institutions, and the organizers and promoters; The Yoruba Cuba Association, The Adinkra Group, and The Asase Yaa Cultural Arts Foundation.

A delay in the processing of our visas prevented us from bringing the best of our art to you. We regret any inconvenience caused.

All of the involved parties are working very hard to schedule the presentations and workshops for January 2016 and to fulfill our commitment established with the people of the United States.

We are very grateful for your understanding and never ending support, and we await you without fail in January.

Respectfully yours

Geovanni Del Pino – General Director

Jose Luis Lobato – Manager and Producer


Yoruba Andabo desea pedir disculpas a todos sus amigos y público en los Estados Unidos para posponer la gira prevista para este mes de noviembre, por razones ajenas a la voluntad de la empresa, las instituciones involucradas, y los organizadores y promotores; La Asociación Yoruba Cuba, El Grupo Adinkra y La Fundación Cultural Arts Asase Yaa.

Un retraso en la tramitación de los visados nos impidió traer lo mejor de nuestro arte para usted. Lamentamos cualquier inconveniente causado.

Todas las partes involucradas están trabajando muy duro para programar las presentaciones y talleres para enero de 2016 y para cumplir con nuestro compromiso establecido con el pueblo de los Estados Unidos.

Estamos muy agradecidos por su comprensión y apoyo sin fin, y les esperamos sin falta en enero.

Respetuosamente tuyo

Geovanni Del Pino – Director General

José Luis Lobato – Director y Productor

SAT 10/31 | Yoruba Andabo (Rumba) at Old Town School of Folk Music


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Rumba is Cuban and without Cuba, there is no Rumba. As simple as that! Come and enjoy the rumba experience with Yoruba Andabo!
“The possibility of experiencing a night with Yoruba Andabo was a unique one.Unique since one can witness an incredible reunion between something sacred,mystic and an atavistic and inborn sense of partying. The audience was transported to a separate world, a world of intense colors, of full joy and beauty.If the roots are, undoubtedly African and ancient, the charm of today’s musicisan authentic wonder…”

The Yoruba Andabo Company was born on the piers of the port of Havana in 1961 when a group of laborers would get together for parties and artistic events through their union. They gave rise to the Guaguanco Marítimo Portuario, a group which, in 1985, began their professional career with the name Yoruba Andabo. From that time forward, they have offered their art as…

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Rumba Update: Yoruba Andabo is coming to the good old USA! Courtesy of and by The Adinkra Group

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The Adinkra Group and Asase Yaa Cultural Arts Foundation, in partnership with the Yoruba Cuba Association, will present the legendary Afro Cuban band and Rumba masters, YORUBA ANDABO, for four newly added shows on its U.S. tour.

Celebrating 30 years of Afro Cuban culture, the internationally acclaimed band, live and direct from Cuba, will perform live in Durham, NC; Washington, DC; and New York City. They will conduct master classes and workshops on select dates, as well.

For tickets and more information, go to

Wednesday, November 4, 2015 – Concert
Hayti Heritage Center
804 Old Fayetteville Street
Durham, NC 27703
7:00 PM

Thursday, November 5, 2015 – Master Classes
Adinkra Cultural Arts Studio
3802-3808 34th Street
Mt. Rainer, MD 20712
6:30 PM
Drum, dance, and song workshops

Friday, November 6, 2015 – Concert
George Washington University’s Lisner Auditorium
730 21st Street, NW
Washington, DC 20052
7 PM

International Dance Party (After-Party)
DJ’s Jahsonic, Underdog, and Special Guests Yoruba Andabo
Cafe Asia
1720 I Street, NW
Washington, DC 20006
10 PM (Free with concert ticket stub before 11 PM)

Saturday, November 7, 2015 – Workshops
Asase Yaa Cultural Arts Foundation
1803 Fulton Street
New York, NY 11233
6:30 PM
Drum, dance, and song workshops

Sunday, November 8, 2015 – Rumba Dance Party
204 Varick Street
New York, NY 10014
8 PM

Monday, November 9, 2015 – Concert
Symphony Space
2537 Broadway
New York, NY 10025
8 PM

Co-presented by Ayanda Clarke of The Fadara Group and AKILA WORKSONGS, Inc.
Community Partner: Caribbean Cultural Center African Diaspora Institute (CCCADI).

Autentico desde Cuba…Yoruba Andabo en Venezuela en El Célebre Teatro Teresa Carreño!


Yoruba Andabo se presentará el domingo 18 de octubre en el célebre teatro Teresa Carreño, en la ciudad de Caracas, Venezuela. Estrenará temás musicales de su nuevo album titulado Soy de la Tierra Brava.

Yoruba Andabo interpretará La Gozadera, tema musical del filme Havana Instant, en el cierre del concierto que brindara el domingo 18 de octubre en el célebre teatro Teresa Carreño, en la ciudad de Caracas, Venezuela.
nota: Zair/TELESUR grabará el lunes 12 octubre, un programa From Havana sobre Yoruba Andabo y cubrirá el concierto del domingo… Puede haber link con TeleSur!!


Yoruba Andabo will present a concert on Sunday, October 18th, at the famous Teresa Carreño theater in Caracas, Venezuela. We will be be performing the  released tracks from our new album entitled” I am from the Land of the Brave.”

The Yoruba Anadabo group will also play the ” Gozadera”theme song of the film Havana Instant, at the close of the concert that is being offered on Sunday, October 18th at the famous Teresa Carreño theater in Caracas, Venezuela.
Note: Zair / Telesur will play on Monday, 12 October,  on the program  “From Havana”  and it will cover the Yoruba Andabo concert of this  Sunday …you may watch by linking with Telesur !!

Music of Cuba, courtesy of and by


One hour east of Havana lies the port city of Matanzas, where rumba emerged in the late 19th century. Brought to Cuba by Africans who were transported to the island to work as slaves, rumba was created around a flamboyant and boisterous combination of Congolese-derived drumming styles and Spanish flamenco-singing influences. It has grown to become one of Cuba’s most important Afro-Cuban dance and music genres.

The rhythms of rumba have given rise to three very different forms of dance. Yambú is the oldest and slowest; it is rarely performed today. Guaguancó is a flirtatious dance, performed by couples. Columbia, the fastest and most athletic, is performed by a male dancer.

By the mid-20th century, rumba was merging with son to form the precursor of salsa. To many, rumba is more than a music and dance genre; it is the collective expression of the Creole nature of the island itself

The music of Cuba is largely based on its cultural origins in Europe and Africa. The arrival on the island of thousands of African slaves over the course of three hundred years created a wealth of new musical forms. Deeply rooted in African rhythms, the country’s distinctive music owes its melodic power to its Spanish colonial heritage. The lively, energetic Cuban sound has profoundly influenced musical styles throughout the world, an impact that continues to this day. Distinct dance forms, related to specific types of music, over time have cross-pollinated, evolving into new styles of expression.

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