Online Orisha Song Classes Continue With New Songs and Stories!
Join us for a remarkable opportunity to learn the songs to the Orishas from Bobi Céspedes, distinguished priestess and folklorist, and one of very few female lead singers (akpwóns) of the Lucumí ceremonial music. Drawing on sacred chants and stories from the Cuban Yoruba tradition, Bobi leads us in songs to the divine forces of nature and explores their significance through stories from AfroCuban mythology. In chants sung in a call and response pattern, we gather to praise Orisha and appeal for positive transformations in our lives, and the live of the planet.
Joining Bobi for the classes is Lichi Fuentes on small percussion and coro, and Elizabeth Sayre on congas and coro.
This workshop is suited for:
- Practitioners who find meaning and strength in gathering weekly to sing in celebration and praise of Orisha
- Practitioners who want to continue their Orisha studies
- Musicians and dancers who want to deepen their knowledge of the Lucumí music, whose influence permeates Cuban popular and folkloric music and dance
- Anyone interested in learning traditional Lucumí chants as a way of honoring nature.
No previous experience is necessary.
See schedule of upcoming classes below
COST: $8/class when you pay for the month | $12 for single class
Note: If you miss a class, you can still attend by accessing the recording. However, we cannot substitute a missed class for a class in a different month.
REGISTRATION: Please click here to register
Multiple online payment options are available. Once registered, you’ll receive a login name and password to access the song lyrics and class recordings.
FEBRUARY (4 classes for $32 OR $12 for single class)
- 02/06—Oyá—the wind. Warrior queen of the spirits.
- 02/13—Yemayá—the vast sea. Mother of mothers. Intellectuality & wisdom.
- 02/20—Oshún—the river. Owner of the house of tradition.
- 02/27—Orunmila—the master diviner who knows the future and has the power to influence our destiny.
MARCH (4 classes for $32 OR $12 for single class)
- 03/06—Obatalá—God of creation who symbolizes compassion and peace.
- 03/13—Closing—Eleguá & Olokun. The 3 closing songs to Eleguá & Olokun let us know “it’s time to go.” The ceremony then actually closes with songs to Olokun, ruler over the depths of the ocean where the light of the sun does not reach.
- 03/20—Eggun—songs to the ancestors.
- 03/27—Oro Cantado—We'll end the series by singing to Orisha from the opening Eleguá to closing, as sung in ceremonies.