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Havana & Matanzas, Cuba, ca. 1957: Bata, Bembe, and Palo Songs

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Tui-Tui for Shango
Artist: Miguel Santa Cruz, Gustavo Diaz, and Juan Gonzalez
1:41
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Ide werewere ni'ta Oshun ide werewere (Song for Oshun)
Artist: Candido Martinez or Antonio Alberiche, song leaders (akpwon), chorus (ankori), and bata trio led by
3:10
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Oku o Shola Kiniba o (Praise song [oriki] for Aganju)
Artist: Candido Martinez or Antonio Alberiche, song leaders (akpwon), chorus (ankori), and bata trio led by
1:48
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Baba Fururu olore re o (Song for Obatala)
Artist: Candido Martinez or Antonio Alberiche, song leaders (akpwon), chorus (ankori), and bata trio led by
3:38
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Kurukuru bede /Osain adadara mada o (Song for Osain)
Artist: Candido Martinez or Antonio Alberiche, song leaders (akpwon), chorus (ankori), and bata trio led by
1:30
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Mojuba Olodumare
Artist: Donimgo Hernandez and unknown companion
1:30
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Ago ago 'lona mojuba / Ibarabo ago mojuba (Songs for Eshu)
Artist: Alberto Yenkins and group
4:22
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Oya o owo kode Oya be wa lo (Song for Oya)
Artist: Alberto Yenkins and group
3:52
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Obe re obe Ayanaku Nana lewa (Arara song for Nana Buruku)
Artist: Alberto Yenkins and group
1:46
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Ibeji ota ese aremu 'beji ota ese (Song for the divine twins)
Artist: Alberto Yenkins and group
3:16
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Kiri nya kiri nya ago / Eshu o Elegbara e (Song for Elegua)
Artist: Marcus Portillo Dominguez and group
2:37
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Kolele kole o iya o wo miya kolele (Song for Ogun)
Artist: Marcus Portillo Dominguez and group
3:24
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Baba Fururu olore re o (Obatala)
Artist: Marcus Portillo Dominguez and group
5:04
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Moforibale oba [k]oso / Moforibale fu'[n] Shango (Song for Shango)
Artist: Marcus Portillo Dominguez and group
4:45
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Kayoba Oba o omo lowo Oba lere mi/Oba eleko aya osi (Song for Oba)
Artist: Marcus Portillo Dominguez and group
4:15
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Awoyo, Yemaya o omo du kwe [modup{u}e o] lowo mi (Song for Yemaya)
Artist: Marcus Portillo Dominguez and group
5:16
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Iyami ile oro [odo] (Praise song or oriki­ for Oshun)
Artist: Marcus Portillo Dominguez and group
3:29
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Okonile re ra e oko mi lo e mile bewa e
Artist: Fernando Hernandez and group
2:01
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Omode t'orisa de ke awao omode funmi rawao
Artist: Fernando Hernandez and group
1:39
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E be oro, be mode loro
Artist: Fernando Hernandez and group
2:01
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Ndudu dale vuelta al ingenio-(The spirit is circling the sugar mill)
Artist: Silvino Baro, Martin Catala, Sergio Rodriguez, and Rodolfo Viart
4:39
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Vola volando nsaura-(The turkey vulture is flying around)
Artist: Silvino Baro, Martin Catala, Sergio Rodriguez, and Rodolfo Viart
4:27
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Shanigo
Artist: Florinda Pastor, Agustin Diago, and chorus
1:36
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Oyaya obe
Artist: Florinda Pastor, Agustin Diago, and chorus
1:17
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Oba o china
Artist: Florinda Pastor, Agustin Diago, and chorus
1:11
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Marengue
Artist: Florinda Pastor, Agustin Diago, and chorus
0:44
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Umbe
Artist: Marcus Portillo Dominguez and group
1:16
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Vamo' tune tune tune a casa mangoya
Artist: Marcus Portillo Dominguez and group
0:51
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04.22.11
Various Artists - Smithsonian Folkways, Havana & Matanzas, Cuba, ca. 1957: Bata, Bembe, and Palo Songs
Label: Smithsonian Folkways

Don't imagine this is the lush sound of the pre-Castro gambler's haven. Instead, these field recordings delve deep into the Afro-Cuban tradition, which was largely unexplored at the time. The fascinating thing is how little the centuries had diluted it. “Kiri Nya Kiri Nya Ago,” for instance, is pure Yoruba, a rhythmic religious incantation; without knowing, you'd assume it was straight out of Africa. The traditions are especially strong out in the countryside, around the… read more »

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Recorded in the late ’50s by Lydia Cabrera, the daughter of a rich family who became an eminent folklorist and ethnomusicologist in Cuba, Havana and Matanzas, Cuba 1957: Bata, Bembe and Palo is a really remarkable collection of Afro-Cuban music. Recorded in both Havana and the more rural area of Matanzas, this is a fascinating portrait of mostly ritual music. It’s worthwhile for “Bata Salute” alone, continuing the Yoruba tradition in Cuba on the bata drums. Much of the material is vocal, songs to various deities, beautifully recorded (and remastered) to offer the full perspective of ceremonies that really were a part of everyday life. While much of the material is praise songs of the Lukumi and Arara cultures, some is devoted to songs of the Kongo and the Nyong, also an important part of the Afro-Cuban spectrum. A fascinating look at a culture, just before it changed with the Cuban revolution, historically and socially important. – Chris Nickson

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