Interview with Wolfgang Denk on Susanne Wenger

Interview with Wolfgang Denk on Susanne Wenger

Wolfgang Denk accompanied Susanne Wenger over decades. He curated exhibitions, published about her art and became an expert on Yorùbá life and close friend of the family. 

Ola Balogun's Magic of Nigeria

Ola Balogun's Magic of Nigeria

Ọlá Balógun is one of the pioneers of Nigerian and Yorùbá filmmakers. Get to know his amazing work, dedicated to traditional culture in global modern life. 

Brazilian Umbanda and Orisha

Brazilian Umbanda and Orisha

Iyá Habiba de Oxum founded an Umbanda house in Europe. We spoke with her about Yoruba traditions and recent developments in this Afro-Brazilian religion. 

Cuban Orisha dance

Cuban Orisha dance

"Trance creatively reassures the vitality of death. One ritually dies into Orisha." - About the meaning behind the body movements of popular Cuban Orisha dances, from Elegba to Oya.

Lukumí and Yorùbá live video

Lukumí and Yorùbá live video

This video compares the pronunciation of Lukumí and Yorùbá Orisha vocabulary, translations into English and Spanish included. 

Communism and Yoruba culture

Communism and Yoruba culture

Read a summary about Afro-Cuban Yoruba identity, the role of folklore in the Communist Revolution and Orisha tourism in the Caribbean. 

The 19th Century Yoruba repatriation

The 19th Century Yoruba repatriation

In the 19th century freed slaves from Brazil, Cuba and Sierra Leone returned to Nigeria. It was the birth of the Yoruba nation and identity! Read about Nago and Lukumi in Lagos.

The exhibition 'Orixás' in Rio de Janeiro

The exhibition 'Orixás' in Rio de Janeiro

Yoruba Orisha culture plays an important role in the religious and artistic life in Brazil. An exhibition in Rio brings together contemporary art and tradition - para ficar odara! 

Interview with Yoruba writer Kola Tubosun

Interview with Yoruba writer Kola Tubosun

Nigerian linguist Kola Tubosun publishes on Yoruba culture and includes diaspora topics in his work. We spoke about Yoruba identity at home, abroad and in the world wide web.

Interview with Olorisha Nathan Lugo

Interview with Olorisha Nathan Lugo

Nathan Lugo is a practitioner of the West African Orisha tradition and has profound knowledge about the Yoruba and the diaspora. In this interview he shares his personal experiences with us. 

The Art of Oriki by Adunni's children

The Art of Oriki by Adunni's children

A fully translated soundfile of praise poems for Oshun, performed by the children of Adunni Olorisha, accompanied by bata-drummers! A powerful demonstration of Yoruba art.

In the studio with Akinjide Baruwa

In the studio with Akinjide Baruwa

We had a critical talk with an artist from Oshogbo about Nigerian art movements, academic education and his inspiration rooted in Yoruba traditions.

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.