Havana & Matanzas, Cuba, ca. 1957: Batá, Bembé, and Palo Songs from the historic recordings of Lydia Cabrera and Josefina Tarafa

Havana & Matanzas, Cuba, ca. 1957: Batá, Bembé, and Palo Songs from the historic recordings of Lydia Cabrera and Josefina Tarafa

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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 with extensive notes and photos. 69 minutes

Estas grabaciones, hechas un poco antes de que Fidel Castro subiera al poder, reflejan la vida musical y espiritual en La Habana y en los alrededores de los trapiches de Matanzas. Lydia Cabrera y Josefina Tarafa capturaron retratos de las comunidades africanas descendientes de esclavos presentando sus cantos y ceremonias religiosas. En el campo cubano, las religiones Yoruba, Dahomé, y Kongo-Angola han sido fielmente conservadas y los elementos lingüísticos, simbólicos y musicales han sido mezclados para producir nuevas expresiones religiosas. Estas grabaciones acompañan los escritos de Cabrera sobre religiones afro-cubanas. Folleto de 32 paginas, notas extensivas, fotos, 69 minutos.


Year Released 2003
Record Label Smithsonian Folkways Recordings
Source Archive Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage
Copyright 2003 Smithsonian Folkways Recordings
Genre(s) Caribbean; Latin; World
Country(s) Cuba
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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 Hernandez and Group 2:01
119 Omodé t'orisa de ké awaó omodé funmi rawaó Fernando Hernandez and Group 1:39
120 É bé oró, be mode loró Fernando Hernandez 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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