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Peg Drum workshop for ritual drummers

Peg Drum workshop for ritual drummers

Peg drums can be found all over Africa and the diaspora of slavery. Get to know a contemporary technique of mounting in this example of Arara/Rada drums.

The Orisha drummer's reading list

The Orisha drummer's reading list

A short list and review of twenty popular books about Yoruba (batá) drumming, Àyàn/Añá and Orisha singing, including some musical transcriptions.

Olorisha and Babalawo Sangosakin Ajala

Olorisha and Babalawo Sangosakin Ajala

This is an interview on Yoruba traditions with an Onishango and Babalawo from Osogbo, the town famous for the Sacred Grove of Orisha Oshun. 

Olorisha Portraits by Adolphus Opara

Olorisha Portraits by Adolphus Opara

Adolphus Opara is a young Nigerian contemporary artist and photographer and created a stunning series on traditional Yoruba religion. 

The Incomplete Yorùbá Guide to Lukumí

The Incomplete Yorùbá Guide to Lukumí

There is a lot of Orisha literature available in Spanish language. This article explains rules for a Yorùbá interpretation of Cuban Lukumí vocabulary. 

Interview with artist Stephen Hamilton

Interview with artist Stephen Hamilton

Stephen Hamilton is an artist from Boston, USA. A working grant brought him to Osogbo, where he is currently studying traditional Yoruba art forms. 

Constructing Cuban bata-drums

Constructing Cuban bata-drums

This is a complete tutorial how to build and mount traditional Cuban rope-tuned batá-drums from scratch, with photos, sketches and a video.  

How Orisha Oshun was met in Oshogbo

How Orisha Oshun was met in Oshogbo

The city of Oshogbo with its river is the Yoruba hometown of Orisha Oshun. Read the story how she was discovered as told by Adunni Olorisha Susanne Wenger. 

Orisha Orò

Orisha Orò

Orisha Orò is a male entity whose cult is closely connected with the political council known as Ògbóni or Òṣùgbó. Orò acts under its command and carries out the sentences.