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…

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…

Make Over

Every now and again, I feel the need to change the lay out of my Blog. I quite liked the previous lay out although there were so many posts and images, I decided to look at the Blog from a different perspective. Feel free to feedback, but meanwhile enjoy the posts and articles. I have a lot to say for 2016. Circumstances are forever changing and there seems to be more and more people interested in this path, yet less and less people really finding time to understand that it is a life style choice and a surrender of ego and acceptance…

Lucumi, A community Based Faith System

Last Year an initiative started in the United States called Oloshas United for Peace and Healing. The initiative involved wearing white for a certain number of days and organising and attending various ceremonies and other events for all of us, including the wider community. Last year I organised an open rehearsal with the London Lucumi Choir. We concentrated on singing songs to Obatala and Babalu Aye. I also organised for my Ile, a prayer meeting for healing and a Agbwan in front of Babalu Aye. This year as the 16 days drew to a close, esteemed Oba Willie Ramos asked us…

Jacob V Joyce, Artist of the Month, November 2015

This weekend, I am in Nottingham launching a new Choir, the Axis Orisha Singers. They will be working with myself and the Axis Percussion Trio. Our debut performance will also feature art by Jacob V Joyce. Jacob is an artist, who uses art within the community. Also an activist, Jacob is not afraid to push boundaries and question many things that people may take for granted. For more information visit Jacob’s Website Jacob’s Tumblr   Here are some of Jacob’s Orisha portraits. FOR MORE INFORMATION ABOUT JACOB’S WORK, PLEASE VISIT THE WEBSITES ABOVE.

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…

REVIEW: On the Orishas’ Roads and Pathways: Oshún Deity of Femininity 
By Obá Miguel W. Ramos, Ilarí Obá

    I was so excited when I heard about this book. Any information and insight into the Orisha that I am crowned with is most welcome. What was also exciting is that Miguel W.Ramos is not only a Scholar and a Writer but also an experienced and respected Obá in our religion. This is one occasion where the ability to write combines with the experience of an initiate and that is a rare and wonderful thing. The book did not disappoint. From the introduction documenting his own personal experience, to the historical background, to understanding more about the paths…

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

Oya, Oshun and Yemaya. Performance of living energy.

Coming Soon, the Choir I direct “The London Lucumi Choir” is involved in an amazing Event on the 8th May in South of the river in Brixton, London. The evening is dedicated to the three major female  Orishas Oya, Yemaya and Oshun. The evening is part of a festival called Survival Guides Survival Guides. 1-14 May 2014  which is hosting a multitude of interesting talks, workshops, films. The reason why I am so excited about the evening is that we are collaborating with Spoken Word and Visual Artist, Jacob V Joyce; Contemporary dancers, Hannah Anderson-Ricketts and Ffion Campbell-Davies and Yolanda Perez formally…

Orisha comes to London. A review of the projects that came to London last year.

Feature photo: Creative Direction Janine Francois. Choreography: Stella Odunlami. Dancer: Zinzi Minott: Photography Zainab Adamu. BOdy Art: Estar Melbourne. I consider myself an artist. I am first and foremost a musician, however I have used other idioms to express my creativity, I have been also in my lifetime a professional dancer and I enjoy textiles and embroidery.  I am also passionate about the arts and how it can reach the individual, make a statement and create a powerful message.  Over the last couple of years there seems to be a resurgence of interest in all things Orisha. My natural instinct…