Iwalewa: Artistic Fusion of Brazil & Benin
How many folks are familiar with the musical journey called Bata-Ketu? It's a fantastic fusion of Lukumi-Nago (Brazilian-Cuban) devotional percussion and song. I though it could get no better until I discovered this amazing link on youtube called APOSTILAS FUNDAMENTOS DE CANDOMBLÉ. It's the story of Jeje-Fon (Brazil-Benin) devotional song, drum and dance.
In it, you see so many subtle hints of values in transition and what Marie Dulne calls DNA in motion. Notice the differences in demeanor between the priests; the way they hold their heads as they speak, the way each wears his regalia, they ways in which their body language and spiritual presence is reflected in the disciples.
Then, there is the drumming, the chanting oriki Ifa, the dancing, the beadwork and the temple decorations of ancient Dahomey and Bahia, seen together in brilliant color and sound. Check it out and tell us what do you see? What's missing? What cultural elements have been flattened and which ones sharpened?
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