Alfredo Calvo | Vamos al Tambor: Presentations in Matanzas, Cuba (DVD)

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Vamos al Tambor: Presentations in Matanzas, Cuba (DVD)

by Alfredo Calvo

Public Afro Cuban drumming ceremonies recorded live in Matanzas, Cuba and presented in high-quality DVD format.
Genre: Latin: Afro-Cuban
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1. The Iyawos Are Presented to the Community
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2. The Iyawos Are Presented to the Sacred Drums (aña)
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3. Ochosi
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4. Inle
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5. Babaluaye
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6. Korinkoto
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7. Orishaoko
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8. Dada
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9. Ibejis
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10. Agayu
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11. Obatala
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12. Yewa
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13. Obba
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14. Oya
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15. Yemaya
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16. Oshun
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17. Orula
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18. Chango
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19. Close
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20. The New Sacred Drums Are Presented to the Community and to Aña
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21. Orula
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22. Mairele Okuo ('œSomething New Has Been Born')
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23. Ogun
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DVD, 90 minutes, all regions.

“Vamos al Tambor” is a live recording of presentations to the sacred bata drums of the Santeria religion.

The DVD includes two separate presentations, both of which were filmed live in Matanzas, Cuba.

“Three Changos” shows the presentation of three Iyawos (new initiates of the Santeria religion) to the sacred bata drums and the community.

In Matanzas, Iyawos are presented to the bata drums during the week of their initiation, usually on the third day following their ita (divination with the cowrie shells of their Orishas). They are dressed in the ritual satin outfit of their crowning Orisha. The Apón (lead singer, in this case Alfredo Calvo) sings a full cycle of songs to all the Orishas.

“Aña” shows the presentation of newly consecrated bata drums (Aña, pronounced an-yá) and drummers (Omo Aña) to the drums that gave them birth and to the community. The consecration of the bata drums is a long, complicated process involving many Santeros, drummers, and babalawos (priests of Ifa). It does not occur often, and there are only around 50 sets of consecrated drums in the world. Such a presentation is therefore a rare event.

The DVD complements Kabiosile's CD "Bata y Bembe de Matanzas" (which also includes a complete cycle of praise songs to the Orishas) because it gives the viewer the opportunity to experience actual presentations as they occur in Matanzas, Cuba.

Alfredo Calvo is a priest of Agayu with more than 60 years of Ocha. He is an (if not the) Elder of the Egwado branch of the Santeria religion, of which his godmother, Fermina Gomez (Ocha Bi), is considered the founder. Affectionately known as El Gallo (the Rooster) for his strong, distinctive singing voice, he is one of the most talented and knowledgeable apóns in Matanzas. He is the owner of the Aña Oba Tola bata drums heard on all Kabiosile’s recordings, and is an accomplished drummer in his own right. Alfredo is a highly sought-after Oriate (the high priest of the Santeria religion who is in charge of all rituals) and diviner with the dilogún (the cowry shells that serve as mouth for the Orishas).

Reviews:

“…[One] of the most invigorating illustrations of Orisha music and life to come out of Matanzas since Lydia Cabrera’s and Josefina Tarafa’s 1950s recordings recently released by the Smithsonian Institute.”
Willie Ramos
Eleda.org

“Wonderful DVD…this is a very rare glimpse into the private religious practices of Santeria in Matanzas, and done with great respect. Excellent quality…Highly recommended.”
Bruce Polin
Descarga.com

“…Beautifully captures two Matanzas Lucumi events never before documented….Spirits and emotions are high and the drumming is dramatic.”
David Brown
Folkcuba.com


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MKidd

Fascinating look at a sacred ceremony!
To see the whole ceremony of an ancient yoruban ceremony still practiced virtually intact as the day it left Africa is remarkable and a testament to the tenacity of the afro-cuban people. To see it dispels all the rumors and myths anyone might have said about what they thought it was. You have to see for yourself. Interesting near the end when the possessions take place. Reminded me of what I used to see as a kid in the black american church! Some commonality?

Frank

Magnifico video, documento historico a guardar.
Gracias Mr Alfredo Calvo y su team por estos magnificos videos. Son de mucha enseñanza y ellos haran historia y preservaran la autenticidad de la Ocha en Cuba y el mundo. Gracias.

maxine

beautiful
The CD and DvD were awesome! It's remarkable how the bembe are the same as practiced in the States (Lukumi). Not only that, but I've learned new oros for the orishas. This is a must have for anyone in/ or studying the religion. (Santaria/Lucumi)

Josselyne Price

Wonderful representation of the Santeria tradition in Cuba
This DVD features an amazing glimpses into 2 different ceremonies of Santeria as practiced in Cuba. The DVD features easy-to-navigate chapters, which I have shown to both academic and drumming students to contextualize the rhythm, dance, song, and ritual of Santeria. In addition to being fascinating to watch, the DVD also helps to dispell much of the assumed stereotypes of Afro-Caribbean religions that students often unknowingly carry with them. I'm glad to have this in my collection and look forward to seeing more!