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 will lead us in songs to the divine forces of nature and explore their significance through stories from AfroCuban mythology.  In chants sung in a call and response pattern, we will praise orisha and appeal for positive transformations in our lives, and the live of the planet.

Joining Bobi for the classes are Javier Navarette on percussion, and Lichy Fuentes on 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.

The classes are organized in 3 series, with each series running for 4 weeks, and focusing on a different group of Orishas (listed below).  Each week will focus on one orisha to allow sufficient time for the repetition crucial for learning these songs, and to provide opportunities for review and participation from students.

WHEN:  The first series begins Monday, July 6 @ 6:00-7:00 pm PST

The classes will continue on Mondays through October.  See dates below.

COST: $10-$21 / 1 class OR $30-$63 / 4-class series.  Sliding scale.

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TO REGISTER:  Please click here to register

Multiple online payment options are available. After you register, you will receive the link for the meeting and the words to the chants. The classes will be recorded and made available to students for further study. This will also allow you to "attend" on your own time if you cannot join us live.

July 6-July 27:  Songs to the Warriors

  • 7/6—Eleguá, owner of the crossroads who opens and closes the way.
  • 7/13—Ogún, God of iron and metals who clears the path.
  • 7/20—Ochosi, the hunter lord of justice who hunts for truth.
  • 7/27—Review + traditional closing chants to Olokun & Eleguá.
  • 4-class series: $30

Aug 10-Aug 31:  Songs for the Healers

  • 8/3—Inle, the herbalist and physician, patron of medical workers.
  • 8/10—Osain, a powerful sorcerer who knows the earth’s botanical secrets.
  • 8/17—Obatalá, God of creation who symbolizes compassion & peace.
  • 8/31--Babalú Ayé, responsible for bringing and curing epidemics. (Rescheduled from 8/24)
  • 4-class series: $30

Sept 14-Oct 5: Songs to the Female Orishas

  • 9/14—Yemayá—the vast sea. Mother of mothers. Intellectuality & wisdom.
  • 9/21—Oshún—the river. Owner of the house of tradition.
  • 9/28—Oyá—the wind. Warrior queen of the spirits.
  • 10/5—Oba— goddess of lagoons, symbolizing fidelity in friendship.
  • 4-class series: $30