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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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Just Who is Oba William King!


Oba William King is founder of
Justus Arts Education
Programs for Youth.
He has performed in, and directed countless presentations and educational workshops designed to introduce students to the power of the spoken word and the magic of literature.  Oba is innovative, energetic, professional and dedicated. During the past five years his programs have had long lasting, positive effects on school age youth, their parents and community members.  His interactive performances, storytelling, drama workshops and lectures involve participants in a stimulating variety of self-image, self-esteem building activities. Programs are designed to celebrate diversity.

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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