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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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What is Orisha Music?

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.  

Afro Cuba De Mantanzas

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Shango God of Fire-Dance!

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Chicago’s Griot-Oba William King

Welcome to our Favorite Artist of the Month Series.  Our feature this month has been on Oba William King, a storyteller and griot (historian) residing in  the Chicago area.  We have copied this article in its entirety from gocitykids.com as they said it better, well almost better, than we could. To view previous articles on Oba, please go to categories/Black History Month.  Oba is available for bookings and performances throughout the nation.  You don’t have to live in Chicago to enjoy his magnificent performances. Bring him to your town & enjoy!

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