This video shows a folkloric dance performance of the Orisha Oshun, a Yorùbá river deity, as danced today in Cuba to the rhythms of the Lukumí batá drums and singing.
Yusimi Moya Rodriguez studied dance at the Escuela Nacional de Arte in Havana, Cuba. She worked as a dancer at the Conjunto Folklórico Nacional de Cuba for five years and is known as an expert for Afro-Cuban dance traditions. For more information see her website http://www.cubancontemporary.com
The music - Cuban batá drumming and Lukumí singing for Orisha Oshun - was recorded especially for this choreography by percussionist Christian Martinek. He is a composer and musician of Venezuelan descent and studied Piano on the University of Music in Vienna, Austria. He has profound knowledge of ritual music from West Africa and its Caribbean and South American Diaspora.
The video was produced by http://www.santeria.at
- see the website for information in German language on the "Regla de Ocha", the Yorùbá traditions from Cuba.
This document is a piece of art, that shows the beauty of Trans-Atlantic Yorùbá traditions and is intended to inspire dancers and Olorisha around the globe. Thank you to all the people involved in making this recording possible.
Oore Yèyé òòò Ọ̀ṣun/Oshun/Ochún/Oxúm! A foribale!