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Sacred Rhythms of Cuban Santeria
Various Artists
Sacred Rhythms of Cuban Santeria
Genres: World Music, Pop, Latin Music
 
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These recordings of Santería drumming and singing rituals feature four Cuban Santería groups calling the gods (orishas) by performing rythmic sequences called orus. Recorded in the Cuban provinces of Matanzas and Havana Ci...  more »

      
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All Artists: Various Artists
Title: Sacred Rhythms of Cuban Santeria
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Label: Smithsonian Folkways
Original Release Date: 8/11/1995
Re-Release Date: 8/22/1995
Genres: World Music, Pop, Latin Music
Styles: Caribbean & Cuba, Cuba, Latin Pop
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPC: 093074041925

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These recordings of Santería drumming and singing rituals feature four Cuban Santería groups calling the gods (orishas) by performing rythmic sequences called orus. Recorded in the Cuban provinces of Matanzas and Havana City in 1983?1984, these ceremonies and drums have their roots in the ancient Yoruba religion of Africa and are rarely heard outside of Cuba. Notes in English and Spanish. 24 tracks. "A music at once raw and elegant, powerful and subtle." ?Miami Herald Estas grabaciones, que registran rituales de tambores y cantos de Santería, muestran las interpretaciones de cuatro grupos de Santería cubana en el evento de convocar a los dioses (orishas) a través de secuencias rítmicas llamadas orus. Estas ceremonias, grabadas en la provincia cubana de Matanzas y en La Habana en 1983 ? 1984, tienen sus orígenes en la antigua religión Yoruba del África y son raramente conocidas fuera de Cuba. Notas en español e inglés, 24 cortes. " Una música a la vez rústica y elegante, poderosa y sutil." ? Miami Herald

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OUTSTANDING!!!!!!!!!!!!
08/12/1998
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Being an initiate of the religon....I can fully appreciate the music and it's essence. I currently live in Iowa, this my little piece of heaven. ASHE' to everyone!"
Music for Ritual Use
11/18/2000
(4 out of 5 stars)

"The liner notes which are written in Spanish do not provide a person who is not familiar with Santeria with enough details. The intiates in the various houses of worship are secretive about thier specific rituals. Because the "Seven Powers of Africa," are well known in Cuba outside of the Lukumi devotees, the music is offered as a type of ethnomusicology recording for outsiders.If you are working with a specific Orisha in front of your Altar put this CD on and chant with the sacred drummers. This CD can aid worshipers in asking the spirits to come down. It is like a Gospel record for a Baptist."
Straight from the source - invaluable
matchu@mediaone.net | los angeles | 06/15/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)

"This cd is an invaluable resource for those interested in the rhythm and song traditions of cuban santeria. A collection of field recordings documenting cojuntos in matanzas and havana. This cd is raw but authentic."