Conjunto Feminino de
percusión, canto y danza
This DVD is a live recording of a performance given by Obiní Batá at the Yoruba Cultural Center in Havana, Cuba in 2003.
Obiní Batá was the first group of females in Cuba, and probably the whole world, to play the batá drums profesionally. The group was founded in 1993 by several women who sung and danced in Conjunto Folklórico Nacional ---dem ---Cuba, and this performance was given in the year of their tenth anniversary.
drums and vocals are
properly balanced, recorded with high-fidelity, professional audio
equipment. The selection of songs on this DVD demonstrates the
richness of Afrocuban musical and dance traditions in contemporary
The show starts with a
riveting Orishas suite
and then delves into some innovative rumba interpretations of popular
songs. This is Afrocuban music delivered with a feminine charm!
Subtitles in English are
included for the interview with Eva Trujillo, founding member of the
group, and commentary by reknowned Cuban musicologist Enrique Zayas is
included on the DVD.