CALLING THE YORUBA DEITIES: Orisha Drum, Song, and Dance from Trinidad

Repeating Islands


Orisha Drum, Song, and Dance from Trinidad

April 24, 2013, 7 p.m.

The City University Graduate Center, Elebash Hall

365 Fifth Avenue (between 34th and 35th Streets)

Manhattan, New York City

This article by William Farrington appeared in Caribbean Life News.

Master drummer Earl King and an Orisha ensemble will perform at Elebash Hall in Manhattan, as a part of the City of the World Music Series, Wednesday, April 24.

A rare opportunity presents itself this week as Orisha drummers play Manhattan’s Elebash Hall. Outside of Trinidad, Orisha is generally experienced in late-night gatherings in Flatbush churches celebrating feasts, occasions which can last several nights. Earl Noel, a master of this sacred ceremonial tradition, will lead a trio of drummers and an ensemble of dancers in an Orisha religious service. Three drums, the Bo, Bembe, and Umele are at the center of the ceremony. The drummers call to each…

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