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…

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…

Review: Angelique Kidjo and Ibeyi

 Praying To Ancestors by Miguel “Anga” Diaz Echu Migwa, Ibae Bae, T’orun. November was such a busy month for me in London, but thankfully I had some time to go and see some wonderful acts. I also was really lucky to be able to attend the BBC Radio 4  Mastertapes with Angelique Kidjo, at the studio in West London. I have always been such a big fan of Angelique Kidjo. She is not only an amazing and charismatic performer, but she speaks her mind, tells it like it is, and is obviously driven by a deeper mission than just to…

London Lucumi Choir

I have been a bit quiet of late since I have been updating a new blog/ website for the Choir that I run and direct. The London Lucumi Choir’s new website/blog has up to date information about our history, performances, membership and also a blog looking at the challenges of running such an unusual choir. Follow us:   http://londonlucumichoir.wordpress.com/   Photo Credit: Angela Dennis

The importance of the right space

This is just a small post acknowledging the importance of the right space when performing with voice and drum. I often find that most spaces are not acoustically geared towards the performances of voice and drum. Usually the voices get lost and the drums become inaudible and without clarity. Using microphones is a necessary evil in large spaces and theatres and getting the right balance is imperative. every venue is different. The London Lucumi Choir performed on Thursday in a gallery in London’s Brixton. The acoustics were fantastic. Much had to do with the irregularity of the space. A perfect…