|Overt expressions of African religions were suppressed in the United States. Cultural markers such as language, African names and drumming were prohibited, under penalty of death. In spite of this, Yoruba culture and influence is seen and preserved in the African American churches. The spiritual and musical influence of the Yoruba heritage is seen in the call and response style of singing, the congregate style of worship, the institution of “The Mothers” as moderators of social behavior and the honoring of ancestors in ceremonial context.
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|Orisha Music is the music that is sung to the deities of the Yoruba religion called Ifa. The Yoruba were brought to the Americas during the transport of slaves from West African during the European slave trade. The Yoruba people come from what is now the Country of Nigeria, however, linguists believe the Yoruba migrated from Egypt to West African several hundred years ago spreading their religious and cultural heritage through the vast regions of West Africa.Yoruba people were brought to the Islands of Cuba and the eastern seaboard of the United States. It is estimated that 85% of African Americans are descendants of the people brought from Yoruba Land.|