Building on the previous song series which focused on the chants most often sung in Lucumí ceremonies, Bobi has chosen a tratado (approach to the chants), that includes more unusual songs heard in bembé celebrations.

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. 

This workshop is suited for:

  • Practitioners who want to continue their Orisha studies
  • Practitioners who miss gathering in celebration and praise of Orisha during the stay-at-home period
  • 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.

WHEN: Mondays, January 4-May 23, 2021 @ 6:00-7:00 pm PST (No class Monday, March 1)

COST: $10 for single class / $30 for month (4-class series)

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TO REGISTER:  Please click here to register

Multiple online payment options are available. After the class, we'll post the recording so you can access it for study on your own. The recording allows you to take the class even when you cannot attend at the time it's offered.


  • 01/04—Eleguá, owner of the crossroads who opens and closes the way.
  • 01/11—Ogún, God of iron and metals who clears the path.
  • 01/18—Ochosi, the hunter lord of justice who hunts for truth.
  • 01/25—Inle, the herbalist and physician,  patron of medical workers.


  • 02/01—Osain, powerful sorcerer who knows the earth’s botanical secrets.
  • 02/08—Orisa Oko, an orisha of farming, he is a wise sorcerer of Earth magic.
  • 02/15—Obatalá, God of creation who symbolizes compassion and peace.
  • 02/22—Babalú Ayé, responsible for bringing and curing epidemics. 


  • 03/01 - BREAK
  • 03/08—Agayú, the spirit of the forces of the earth, symbolized by the power of volcanoes and earthquakes. Patron of travelers.
  • 03/15—Changó, the owner of fire and lightning, and patron of music, drumming and dancing.
  • 03/22—Oba, goddess of lagoons, symbolizing fidelity in friendship.
  • 03/29—Yewa, keeper of the tombs in the cemetery. She enters and exits the graves at will, making sure all is in order. 


  • 04/05—Oyá, the wind. Warrior queen of the spirits.
  • 04/12—Yemayá, the vast sea. Mother of mothers. Intellectuality and wisdom.
  • 04/19—Oshún, the river. Owner of the house of tradition.
  • 04/26—Orunmila, the master diviner who knows the future and has the power to influence our destiny.


  • 05/03—Odudua, sent by Olodumare to finish the job of creating the earth and its people.
  • 05/10—Closing:  Eleguá & Olokun. The 3 closing songs to Eshu 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.
  • 05/17—Egun, Songs to the ancestors.
  • 05/24—Oro Cantado, We'll end the season by singing the entire series from beginning to end.