Vocal Baobab

Yoruba Dream

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Yoruba Dream is an intriguing concept -- the basis of the album is a series of the essential bata rhythms and chants of Santeria, relatively untouched in composition and lyrical content. While the lyrics are a mix of Spanish and Yoruba, a careful listener can very quickly notice the similarity of song structures and lyrics (even without recognizing the lyrics) with other Yoruba and Santeria albums (even Olatunji's Drums of Passion can be referenced here rather safely). However, the group of performers is a young one, fusing new elements into the traditional forms. Parts of the chants to Ochosi and Oggun gain aspects that seem more akin to Brazilian Candomble practice (though closely related, the rhythms can differ at times). The chant to supreme orisha Orula takes on bits and pieces of a Spanish rap overlaid on the base chants. Even the chant in honor of the Ceiba tree takes on aspects of samba and rhumba to good effect. Yoruban and Santerian chant can be some of the most powerful vocal music there is, and the inclusion of extra-traditional aspects can be seen either to aid the music or to harm the fundamentals, depending on the tastes of the listener.

Track Listing

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1
4:56
2
5:04
3
5:22
4
3:12
5
5:20
6
5:15
7
4:37
8
3:11
9
4:09
10
5:46 Amazon
11
7:38
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