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|As defined earlier, Orisha Music is that music sang to the deities of the Yoruba based religions of Ifa. There are hundreds of Orisha; however, in the Western Hemisphere we work with primarily fifteen Orisha. The seven primary Orisha also known as the Seven African Powers are Eshu, Ogun, Oshun, Yemoya, Obatala, Shango and Oya. Orisha Music is specific to an Orisha and there is a litany of songs for each Orisha.|
|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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