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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.  

Shango God of Fire-Dance!

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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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