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Cantos a Oshun

Morning Internet City!Start your morning with this wonderful salute to Oshun, Orisha of transformation, beauty, and abundance. This piece by New York-based producer Chief Osunlade blends jazz piano, horns  and a heavy disco under beat to make this piece rock for the urban Omo Orisha.   Not a traditional production of Orisha music, but one very well done .  The album; Cantos a Ochun Et Oya (Juan Valentine Re-Edit)” is available through Amazon.com and itunes. Enjoy!
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Orisha Song & Dance to Yemaya in Japan

Ifa is the Indigenous Spiritual Practice of the Yoruba People of Nigeria.  The practice has three major components: Orisha Veneration, Ancestor Veneration and Divination. Orisha are Spirits are spirits of nature and are responsible for the rules which govern nature.  Orisha are anthropomorphized with human characteristics for the purpose of understanding their essence and being able to extrapolate psychological constructs.

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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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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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