LA FUERZA DEL TAMBOR
POWER OF THE DRUM):
Bembe y Güiro en Matanzas, Cuba with interviews and drumming
DEL TAMBOR (THE POWER OF THE DRUM)|
Bembe y Güiro en Matanzas, Cuba
Kabiosile. 90 Minutes.
“La Fuerza del
Tambor” offers a rare look inside the Matanzas Afro
Cuban religious community, capturing a piece of history that is in
danger of being lost. This DVD features public religious celebrations,
drumming demonstrations, and interviews with elders of the
Lucumí Santeria and Palo Mayombe traditions.
include never-before-seen footage of a unique set of Lucumi bembe
drums, called Bembe Macagua, and a rare sequence of Palo Mayombe songs
played with bata drums. It also includes more traditional
examples of the power of the drums to communicate with the African
deities known as Orishas. The film was recorded live in the
home of Alfredo Calvo, widely regarded as the most knowledgeable
Santero and Palero in Matanzas.
addition to the eight segments of live public drumming celebrations and
the two drumming demonstrations, Calvo and several other respected
members of the Matanzas Afro Cuban community are interviewed on such
topics as the relationship between Palo and the sacred bata drums and
the birth of the Bembe Macagua drums.
are included for all of the Lucumí and Palo songs, many of
which are no longer sung anywhere in Cuba except Matanzas.
Interviews are in Spanish with English subtitles.
| 1. Entrevista: La Fuerza del Tambor (Interview: The Power of the
Toques para Yemaya (Rhythms
Cantos para Agayu (Songs
4. Entrevista: La Presentación de
Iyawos (Interview: The
Presentation de Iyawos)
La Presentación de Dos Yemayas (The Presentation of Two Yemayas)
Chango, oba ni koso (Chango,
the King of Dancing)
Entrevista: Palo y Aña (Interview:
Palo and Aña)
Demonstración: Palo y Aña (Demonstration: Palo and
Ahora sí se partió la siguaralla (Now the strong stick has been
Entrevista: La Mezla de Tambores (Interview:
Mixing the Drum Together)
Güiro para Ogun (Güiro
Bembe Macagua: Historia y Demonstración
(Bembe Macagua: History and Demonstra
13. Bembe Macagua para Ogun (Bembe Macagua for Ogun)
14. Bembe Macagua para Ochun (Bembe Macagua for Ochun)
Enseñando la Próxima Generación (Teaching the Next Generation)
16. Los Integrantes (The Artists)