“Obini Bata is the first all female folkloric drumming ensemble in Cuba. Obini is the Yoruban word for Woman. Bata drumming is the oldest drum tradition of Cuba. Obini Bata was formed in 1993 by Director Eva Despaigne and other female members of the Conjunto Folklorico Nacional de Cuba. In Cuba the Bata are traditionally played only by men, but Obini Bata have challenged the taboo by becoming the first all-female bata drumming ensemble in Cuba.In addition to playing Bata, all members of the group play a variety of Cuban drums and percussion, as well as singing and dancing. To create a complete performance, encompassing all aspects of the ancient tradition they represent.” Text source (photo Source)
A couple of years ago I visited Cuba with Metamovements and participated in an educational exchange with Obini Bata! Below are a couple of videos of my visit with the group. To learn more about their legal travel program visit their website www.voyagegtocuba.com and mention that I sent you!
Oshun by Obini Bata
About Oshun: “Oshun (also spelled Ochún, Oṣun or Oxum) is the youngest of the orishas and probably the most popular in Santeria… She is the orisha of love, beauty, femininity and sensuality which leads many people to compare her to Venus or Aphrodite. Such a comparison is short-sighted, however, for Oshun is vast and powerful; she is actually the full breadth of womanhood. From the young, enthusiastic coquette that flirts with boys to the old matriarch that sits in a rocking chair, hard-of-hearing, reminiscing of her youth, Oshun contains every woman’s story within her patakis. She makes her residence in the rivers of the world. Hers is the power of sweetness in life, and all of the things that make life worth living.” Text Source
Oya by Obini Bata
About Oya: “Oyá (also Ollá, Yansa or Yansán) is a fierce and powerful female warrior orisha in Santeria. She is the owner of the marketplace, and keeps the gates of the cemetery. She is the force of change in nature and in life. She wields lightning and rides the winds into battle, often fighting with her machetes side-by-side with her favorite lover, Changó. Oyá raises the armies of the dead as her soldiers and is said to use the tornado as her weapon. Oyá’s aché is fierce, tumultuous, changing and protective” Text Source
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