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Obini Bata: Women Orisha Bata Ensemble

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Women playing bata have been prohibited from playing these sacred drums.  It is said that this was not always the case. With the introduction of Los Reglas de Ocha, or The rules of priesthood, came the introduction of the Ceremony of Ana, or introducing the drums and drummers to the spirit of the the Dead or the spirit of Music, depending upon who you talk to .  the purpose was to make the act of playing to Orisha a sacred act.  Several Prohibitions were also introduced at this time; the prohibition of using non-consecrated drums in ceremony, the prohibition of non-priests playing in ceremony and most notably, the prohibition of women playing the Bata drums.

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The Structure of Orisha Music

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.  

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What is Orisha Music? Part 2

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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Cafe Nuba Artwalk in Denver Feb. 5, 2010

Blessed Artivists, Poets, Students & Parents!
This week BluBlak Media in collaboration w Denver Open Media, KGNU & other community groups will come together for a Denver original -
                                            CAFE NUBA!-rockin’ the mic since 1999!

Cafe Nuba the “Best Place to Raise Your Consciousness” (Westword) -
We Invite you to experience the “original urban mic” for yourself. Join us for a nite of LIVE Audience performance art, music & sustainability -
ALL Ages welcome, Zero-waste event! details at
Location:
700 Kalamath St. Denver
Free!!!
   http://www.cafenuba.com

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The Legendary Sam Cooke

(January 22, 1931 – December 11, 1964)Sam Cooke: Gospel singer, R&B and a founder of soul Music, Sam Cooke influenced such artists as Michael Jackson, Oatis Redding, and Al Green.  He was musically prolific and impeccable having over 29 top 40 hits in his short lived career  Honor the first in our Black Music Legend Series    

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