RITUAL: Emilio Barreto
African Yoruba Music of the New Land
This live recording, "Santisimo En Ritual" opens up an
authentic window into the inner circle of one of the most intense
ceremonies within the Santeria tradition, the ritual drum feast.
Despite the number of excellent recordings that have recently come into
the marketplace there so much more that people yearn to understand
about the Afrocuban Lucumi tradition known as Santeria. It is with this
thought in mind that Emilio Barreto has released the "Santisimo En
Ritual" project. This field recording differs the first Santisimo CD
and most Santeria recordings in that the latter follow a Studio
performance model, "Santisimo En Ritual" follows a devotional one.
In "Santisimo en Ritual" there are two sets of consecrated drums used
at various times in the recording. These drums were also used to summon
seven devotees of Yemaya who were commissioned to dance for this feast.
Drummers and community elders alike came from Cuba, Puerto Rico, and
across the country to worship along side their brothers and sisters
from the New York City metropolitan area. The recording, "Santisimo en
Ritual" represents a unique opportunity for one to experience the
natural flow of a tambor moving through a ritual sequence. It was
edited so that there would be no pauses between the songs that could
interrupt the ceremony's flow. From the moment you hear the first track
you become immediately aware of the trance inducing ambiance unique to
a live Santeria feast.