The Lucumí (Yoruba descendants in Cuba) celebrate Bembé in community to pay tribute to Orisha—divine forces manifested through nature. In this workshop, renown singer, folklorist and Lucumí priestess, Bobi Céspedes, will teach a sequence of chants used in the Bembé ceremony to honor Obatala, the great creator and one of the healers in the Lucumí pantheon. In chants sung in a call and response pattern, we will join in giving praise through song to the divine owner of the white cloth of peace, and pray while we envision a better life for all of us. Bobi will be accompanied by Javier Navarrette on percussion and Lichy Fuentes on coro.
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