Black History Month in the UK 2017

Every October the UK celebrates Black History Month.  Although I have always asked  ” what about the other 11 months?”, it is a good opportunity to highlight history and also contemporary artists and events going on in the UK. JON DANIEL AFRO-SUPER HERO: First of all. It was really sad to learn that Graphic Designer/ Artist Jon Daniel, the man behind the Afro-Super Hero concept, lost his battle for life at the beginning of this month. His striking images and use of art in a visually stunning and educative way led to exhibitions at the Bethnal Green Museum of Childhood…

Sign the Petition – Religious Freedom Now!

Originally posted on Candomblé in the USA:
The last two weeks have seen an unusual surge in violence against terreiros in Rio https://latuffcartoons.files.wordpress.com/2013/04/sai-tolerancia.gif de Janeiro. Drug dealers, who are being paid by Evangelical pastors, are breaking into religious temples, threatening baba and iyalorishas, and forcing them (sometimes at gunpoint) to destroy the sacred images of their ile. ? The global Orisha community is outraged. While it’s difficult to make a true impact from abroad, there are things we can do to show solidarity with our Brazilian brothers and sisters in the struggle. A petition was started by the The National Council…

Can following this path help with depression?

This will probably be one of the most candid blogs I have ever written, and also will ever write. In addition, it has taken me along time to put pen to paper since it is a subject that is difficult to talk about. September has been a hard month for me over the last couple of years. In addition to the fact that it is suicide prevention month, it is the month where my son’s father ended his own life. For so many people he was the life and the soul. A generous, positive person who was extraordinarily fun to…

Health above all

Today in the UK we are voting for new government.  I believe passionately in the human right to have access to health facilities no matter what your earning power. Without good health what do we have? We ask Orisha above all for good health for ourselves and our loved ones. Many times in consultations we are directed to go and see a Doctor for our health. We are asked to go and check up various things depending on the Odu. What happens when you cannot afford to go to the Doctors and do this? Healthcare should not be a lottery….

London’s Lost Rivers

New Video Clip! London is a City that is never far from a river. There is a lot to explore. Thanks to Elio Peña and Rebecca Radmore, husband and wife film and photography team, I learned about the River Wandle as I made some research for the London Lucumi Choir’s debut Video clip. The track we made the Video for is a cover version of the Ibeyi’s amazing Song “River”.  Whilst I wanted to make an arrangement suitable for the Choir also exploring toques dedicated to Oshun, I wanted a backdrop of a beautiful London based river and I found…

Orishas: 1,2 or 3 Dimensional?!

One thing that bugs me about the continuous and unstoppable commercialisation and appropriation at times, is the tendency of the Orisha to be narrowed down to one, or two dimensional characters. The visualisation of Orisha has always been a fascination to me. For Example, how artists depict Orisha in their paintings; the stories and the four sentences you usually get when you google a particular  Orisha, as if this can describe all the complexities of the energy of each Orisha in four simple quotes. I also notice how on the net, there is a tendency to copy and paste from…

Celebrity and Orisha

This last week or two, my facebook feed  went insane post Beyonce’s performance at the grammy awards. The last time it happened was around the time of “Lemonade”. I don’t really make much noise since in reality, for me the questions brought up had no baring on my everyday life or my walking the path of Orisha.  There were many statements, questions and even indignant opinions. These are my thoughts in relation to what I have seen and heard. They are my own personal thoughts and there are many who would choose either to agree or disagree. Firstly regarding whether…

11th December 2016 Hosting Aña for Obatala

I was very blessed to be able to host the very first Aña to Obatala in honour of the International Peace and Healing initiative organised yearly by Oloshas United. It was held on the same day as many events all over the world, and our hope is that it will advance our quest for peace and healing, and that united we can have an impact in this world that is often so angry and damaged. I thank everyone who made an effort to come down, whether Olorishas or Aleyos, and I thank my Family and my Godchildren without whom I…

Resources, a different way of learning

Those who live in communities that do not practise Lucumi or other branches of the Orisha tradition often find that they are drawn to researching the tradition. This may be through books or online resources. It has to be said that on the net, there is a lot of rubbish and we know that things spread quickly on the world wide web.  There  are also resources worth looking at. Of course reading and researching has little to do with practise, but if your exposure is minimal then it may be a good place to start: Here are some of my…

Honouring Your Ancestors

As I have mentioned before, the first step really in following this spiritual path and most Ancient Spiritual Paths is not to find out your Ocha, is nothing to do with the Orisha, but it has everything to do with your Ancestors. I spent a month in Cuba recently, as I attended my daughter’s Ocha Ceremony. It made me realise more and more that this path is not for everyone.  My daughter has a lineage of Orisha practitioners within her blood line, on both sides of her family, she has visited Cuba since very young  yet she was brought up…