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6/8 Media: for students of Ifa/Orisha tradition

"Bata y Bembe de Matanzas I: La presentación de un Iyawo de Chango" 

"Experience the power of Matanzas-style Orisha music as performed by Alfredo Calvo and his Aña Oba Tola. The CD also presents, for the first time, the incredible sound of the sacred Lukumi Bembe Makagua, which were made in the early 20th century as war drums for the Orisha Chango. The drums are hot and Alfredo's singing is amazing. A must have for all lovers of Orisha music!"

"Alfredo Calvo is the last surviving godchild of Ferminita Goméz, a famous Yoruba slave who brought the secrets of Olokun (Orisha of the depths of the ocean) to Cuba. She initiated him to Agayu (Orisha of the volcano) when she was 102 and he was 12. At the time it was foretold that he would be the one to carry on the traditions of her house--which he most certainly has done."

-- from their website,




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