Back from the bembe…. it was for Sango. It wasn;t what I expected, very Cuban, but not like we do it in Trinidad.
For those who don’t know, all traditional Yoruba music is in a call and response format… there is a lead singer, who leads the singing, but the rest of the group answer.
For me, I found the chorale part a little difficult tonight. They didn’t sing the words clearly, so it was hard to pick up the songs. You know, in Trinidad, I went to many Orisha gatherings, and although I didn’t know the songs, while I was there, I’d be able to pick up the songs quickly, because the chorale sang together and in time. That was definitely not so tonight.
I danced… I danced for hours, but that I expected.