OMÍ INÁ & OBBARA
The Music Box of Cuba
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DVD presents two Afrocuban folkloric groups drumming and singing in
their homes in Havana, Cuba. These groups – OmÌ Iná and
Obbara – are the next generation of Cuban percussionists: students of
Pancho Quinto building upon the Yoruba Andabo tradition.
of their sweat, cigarette smoke, and facial expressions are captured
here on video, edited from three camera angles. The drums and vocals
are properly balanced, recorded with high-fidelity, professional audio
selection of songs on this DVD demonstrates the richness of Afrocuban
musical and religious traditions in contemporary Cuba. OmÌ Ina
and Obbara offer a diverse sample of Makuta, Yuka, Arara, and Congo
of the music here is drawn from the varied religious/spiritual
traditions practiced in Cuba, and has been infused with the innovation
of two groups of extremely talented and creative musicians.
DVD takes you face-to-face with the musicians, and conveys the
emotional power of the African slave experience in Cuba. Subtitles in
English are included for the interview portion of the DVD, and selected
lyrics are translated in the liner notes.