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Feeling Our Mother!

Songs for Yemaya are some of the sweetest and melodic in the pantheon of Orisha music. Enjoy this wonderful selection![vsw id="Q1Abm9K8Htk&hl=en " source="youtube" width="416" height="344" autoplay="no"]

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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Obini Bata: Una Sonrisa Para el Tambor

Obinin Bata

Obini Bata

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Bata Drumming in Orisha Music

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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