Marking the return of the popular City of the World series, master drummer Earl Noel, who has been playing in Trinidad and Brooklyn for over forty years, leads an ensemble of a dozen musicians and dancers in an evening inspired by the Orisha faith. The roots of Orisha, a religion similar to Santeria in Cuba and Candomble in Brazil, trace to the mid-1800s, when indentured West African Yoruba were brought to Trinidad, taking along their deities, known as orishas. The native drums, songs, and dances of the Yoruba became combined with Catholic and Protestant Christian beliefs and practices. This concert features a typical Orisha service, including spiritual Baptist hymns, plaintive prayers, and lively songs for all the spirits, closing with a somber song of thanks. Songs are sung in Yoruba, except for the opening hymns in English. Come experience an exciting evening of music, dance, and spirituality, in this uniquely Trinidadian tradition.
Not included in the Spring Live@365 Package.