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Havana & Matanzas, Cuba, ca. 1957  Bata, Bembe, and Palo Songs from the historic recordings of Lydia Cabrera and Josefina Tarafa CD

Havana & Matanzas, Cuba, ca. 1957 Bata, Bembe, and Palo Songs from the historic recordings of Lydia Cabrera and Josefina Tarafa CD

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These recordings, made just prior to Fidel Castro's rise to power, reflect Afro-Cuban musical and spiritual life in Havana and around the sugarcane mills of Matanzas. Lydia Cabrera and Josefina Tarafa captured a fascinating snapshot of African slave-descendant communities performing their religious songs and ceremonies. In the Cuban countryside. Yoruba, Dahomean, and Kongo-Angolan religions had been faithfully preserved, and linguistic, symbolic, and musical elements were blended to produce new religious expressions. These recordings are a soundtrack to Cabrera's writings on Afro-Cuban religions.
32-page booklet, extensive notes, photos, 69 minutes

101     Tuí-Tuí for Shangó      Miguel Santa Cruz, Gustavo Díaz, and Juan González      1:41 
102     Idé werewere ni'ta Oshún idé werewere (Song for Oshún)     Cándido Martínez or Antonio Alberiche, song leaders (akpwon), chorus (ankori), and batá trio led by Miguel Santa Cruz and Juan González     3:10
103     Okú ó Sholá Kinibá ó (Praise song [orikí] for Aganjú)     Cándido Martínez or Antonio Alberiche, song leaders (akpwon), chorus (ankori), and batá trio led by Miguel Santa Cruz and Juan González     1:48
104     Babá Fururú oloré ré ó (Song for Obatalá)     Cándido Martínez or Antonio Alberiche, song leaders (akpwon), chorus (ankori), and batá trio led by Miguel Santa Cruz and Juan González     3:38
105     Kurukuru bede /Osaín adádará mádá ó (Song for Osain)     Cándido Martínez or Antonio Alberiche, song leaders (akpwon), chorus (ankori), and batá trio led by Miguel Santa Cruz and Juan González     1:30
106     Mojuba Olodumare     Domingo Hernández     1:30
107     Agó agó 'lona mojuba / Ibarabo agó mojuba (Songs for Eshú)     Alberto Yenkins and group     4:22
108     Oyá o owó kodé Oyá bé wá ló (Song for Oyá)     Alberto Yenkins and group     3:52
109     Obé ré obé Ayanakú Naná lewá (Arará song for Naná Burukú)     Alberto Yenkins and group     1:46
110     Ibeji otá esé aremú 'beji otá esé (Song for the divine twins)     Alberto Yenkins and group     3:16
111     Kiri nya kiri nya agó / Eshu o Elegbara e (Song for Eleguá)     Marcus Portillo Domínguez and group     2:37
112     Kolelé kolé ó iyá ó wó miyá kolelé (Song for Ogún)     Marcus Portillo Domínguez and group     3:24
113     Babá Fururú oloré ré ó (Obatalá)     Marcus Portillo Domínguez and group     5:04
114     Moforibale oba [k]oso / Moforibale fú'[n] Shangó (Song for Shangó)     Marcus Portillo Domínguez and group     4:45
115     Kayobá Oba ó omó lowó Oba lere mí/Oba elekó ayá osí (Song for Obá)     Marcus Portillo Domínguez and group     4:15
116     Awoyó, Yemayá ó omo du kwe [modup{u}é ó] lowó mi (Song for Yemayá)     Marcus Portillo Domínguez and group     5:16
117     Iyámí ilé oro [odo] (Praise song or orikí for Oshún)     Marcus Portillo Domínguez and group     3:29
118     Okonilé ré rá é okó mi lo é milé bewá é     Fernando Hernández and group     2:01
119     Omodé t'orisa de ké awaó omodé funmi rawaó     Fernando Hernández and group     1:39
120     É bé oró, be mode loró     Fernando Hernández and group     2:01
121     Ndudu dale vuelta al ingenio-(The spirit is circling the sugar mill)     Silvino Baró, Martín Catalá, Sergio Rodríguez, and Rodolfo Viart     4:39
122     Vola volando nsaura-(The turkey vulture is flying around)     Silvino Baró, Martín Catalá, Sergio Rodríguez, and Rodolfo Viart     4:27
123     Shanigó     Florinda Pastor, Agustín Diago, and chorus     1:37
124     Oyayá obé     Florinda Pastor, Agustín Diago, and chorus     1:17
125     Obá o china     Florinda Pastor, Agustín Diago, and chorus     1:11
126     Marengue     Florinda Pastor, Agustín Diago, and chorus     0:44
127     Umbé     Florinda Pastor, Agustín Diago, and chorus     1:16
128     Vamo' tuñe tuñe tuñe a casa mangoya     Florinda Pastor, Agustín Diago, and chorus     0:51


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