Online Orisha Song Classes Continue With New Songs and Stories!
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, and Javier Navarette on congas and coro, and Elizabeth Sayre on congas and coro.
This workshop is suited for:
- Practitioners who find meaning and strength in gathering weekly to sing in celebration and praise of Orisha
- Practitioners who want to continue their Orisha studies
- 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.
See schedule of upcoming classes below
COST: $8/class when you pay for the month | $12 for single class
Note: If you miss a class, you can still attend by accessing the recording. However, we cannot substitute a missed class for a class in a different month.
REGISTRATION: Please click here to register
Multiple online payment options are available. Once registered, you’ll receive a login name and password to access the song lyrics and class recordings.
OCTOBER (3 classes for $24 OR $12 for single class)
- 10/03—Closing—Eleguá & Olokun. The 3 closing songs to Eleguá & Olokun 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.
- 10/10—Egun—songs to the ancestors.
- 10/17—Oro Cantado—We'll end the series by singing to Orisha from the opening Eleguá to closing, as sung in ceremonies.
NOVEMBER (4 classes for $32 OR $12 for single class)
- 11/07—Eleguá—owner of the crossroads who opens and closes the way.
- 11/14—Ogún—God of iron and metals who clears the path.
- 11/21—Ochosi—the hunter lord of justice who hunts for truth.
- 11/28—Inle—the herbalist and physician, patron of medical workers.
DECEMBER (3 classes for $24 OR $12 for single class)
- 12/05—Osain—powerful sorcerer who knows the earth’s botanical secrets.
- 12/12—Orisa Oko—an orisha of farming, he is a wise sorcerer of Earth magic. Oke--the mountain peak and Obatala’s pestle used to produce aché. Oge— Changó’s companion, defender of his ways and champion of the truth. Koti Koto-- a child deity who protects children and families; patron of the homeless.
- 12/19—Obatalá—God of creation who symbolizes compassion and peace.
JANUARY (5 classes for $40 OR $12 for single class)
- 01/02—Babalú Ayé—responsible for bringing and curing epidemics.
- 01/09—Agayú—the spirit of the forces of the earth, symbolized by the power of volcanoes and earthquakes. Patron of travelers.
- 01/16—Changó—the owner of fire and lightning, and patron of music, drumming and dancing.
- 01/23—Oba—goddess of lagoons, symbolizing fidelity in friendship.
- 01/30—Yewa—keeper of the tombs in the cemetery. She enters and exits the graves at will, making sure all is in order. Who resides in the graveyard and tends to the tombs entering and exiting the graves at will. Keeping it all in order.
FEBRUARY (4 classes for $32 OR $12 for single class)
- 02/06—Oyá—the wind. Warrior queen of the spirits.
- 02/13—Yemayá—the vast sea. Mother of mothers. Intellectuality & wisdom.
- 02/20—Oshún—the river. Owner of the house of tradition.
- 02/27—Orumila—the master diviner who knows the future and has the power to influence our destiny.
MARCH (4 classes for $32 OR $12 for single class)
- 03/06—Odudua—sent by Olodumare to finish the job of creating the earth and its people.
- 03/13—Closing—Eleguá & Olokun. The 3 closing songs to Eleguá & Olokun 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.
- 03/20—Egun—songs to the ancestors.
- 03/27—Oro Cantado—We'll end the series by singing to Orisha from the opening Eleguá to closing, as sung in ceremonies.