December 11, 2013

Orishas across the Ocean

The Yoruba / Dahomean Collection: Orishas Across the Ocean
Various Artists HRT15020   -   Ryko RCD 10405  -  1998

01 - Papa Legba ouve baye
02 - St. Jak pa la
03 - An nou mache
04 - Ketu songs for Osain
05 - Bori songs
06 - Agolona
07 - Opanije (rhythms for Omolu)
08 - Ketu- Roda de Dada (song cycle)
09 - Ketu songs for Oxala
10 - Song for Elegua
11 - Song for Nana Buruku
12 - Song for Ogun
13 - Song for Dada
14 - Song for Yemaya
15 - Ochun Talade
16 - Song for Yemaya
17 - Song for Yemaya
18 - Song for Chango
19 - Itutu song (funerary rites)
20 - Itutu song
21 - Yariba-Oshun
22 - Shango ceremonial music
23 - Shango ceremonial music
24 - Invocation

Duration: 1:05:52

The 24 tracks featured on this Endangered Music Project release are musical snapshots of Haitian vodou, Cuban santería, Trinidadian shango, and Brazilian candomblé rituals recorded between the late 1930s and the mid 1950s. Despite separation by hundreds of miles and differing colonial pasts, the Cubans, Brazilians, Haitians, and Trinidadians heard on this album all sing and drum to orishas (gods) stemming from the Yoruba and Dahomey religions of their West African ancestors brought to the Americas through the slave trade. The album was captured by prolific recordist Laura Boulton and Afro-American scholars Melville Herskovits and Lydia Cabrera. The Yoruba/Dahomean Collection: Orishas Across The Ocean was issued in 1997 as part of the Endangered Music Project, a series curated by Grateful Dead drummer Mickey Hart featuring material from the Library of Congress' American Folklife Center (now part of the Mickey Hart Collection made available by Smithsonian Folkways).

Record Label : Mickey Hart Collection / Source Archive Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage (other releases in this collection :

Credits : Produced by Mickey Hart, Alan Jabbour ; Edited by Mickey Hart, Morton Marks, Fredric Lieberman ; Liner Notes by Morton Marks ; Introduction by Kenneth Bilby ; Engineered by Michael Donaldson, Tom Flye, Michael Romanowski ; Mastered by Jeffrey Norman ; Design by Adam Larson ; Photography by Josefina Tarafa.

Liner notes as pdf download from this page : (forgot to include them in the file)