Homage to Obatala, New Collaborations

Baba Fururu Ofun Ruru Video

This is the background story relating to the pre release and free download. It was released to celebrate Obatala. Our release is a collaboration with Candomblé Artist, Ricardo Axé and mixed by London based producer Raf Riley.  We chose Raf because of his particular sound and the fact that he is London based. The Edit of the Video was enabled by young film maker currently in his last year of film school, Leo Durrant. It’s a family affair. Raf Riley is the son of Mish Aminoff who is in the Choir and Leo, the son of Gavin Durrant, also in the Choir. Artwork was supplied by long time collaborator, artist Jacob V Joyce.

My idea was to record three songs from three areas of Orisha worship to demonstrate how we are connected. We recorded short sequences dedicated to the Orisha Obatala/Oxala/ Orisha nla  Have a listen to the below tracks. You will agree how remarkable it is that despite the passage of time, space, repression and trauma, the  recognisable similarities  are astonishing.

The first from West Africa:

the second from Cuba

Baba Fururo Abbilona with Lyrics

and the third from Brasil.


We sent the tracks to Raf Riley and let him add his creativity. Then I wanted to demonstrate the similarities in Video form, and tried to cram into just over two minutes, Obatala in all forms natural, in the animal world, personalised within the priesthood, within ceremony and dance.

More about Raf Riley:  Raf Riley’s Soundcloud   Raf’s Site

Rafael Greifer, better known by his stage name Raf Riley, is a record producer and artist from North London. He was formerly a member of ExR alongside Etta Bond, and is signed to OddChild Music with releases on Diplo’s renowned Mad Decent label. Raf Riley has worked with many artists including Professor Green, Labrinth, Diplo, Naughty Boy, Dr. Luke, Plan B. and Mike Skinner.

More about Ricardo Axé

Ricardo is a Brasilian Candomble practitioner, dancer and percussionist who has occasionally taught us some beautiful sequences for Orisha, Brasilian style. He is well known on the Maracatu scene in Brighton.


Leonardo Durrant

Leo is a talented up and coming film maker who is at his last year at Croydon College studying film making. Remember where you heard about him first!!!

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The London Lucumi Choir at the Top of Parliament Hill. Photo by Gavin Durrant
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I am a London based Iyalosha, crowned with Ochun; who is passionate about the arts I Grew up in London, mixed background, third generation musician. I went to study music in Cuba in 1986, since then I have done many things. Was one of the first Salsa Dance Teachers in London in 1989, before it became the sport of a million suburban housewives; formed Orchestra Salsa Y Ache in late 80's, toured and did many gigs for seven years; then Salsasonica which recorded with Buena Vista's Guajiro Mirabal. Have taught Cuban Music to children. I have also organised small trips to Cuba in the past before the rise of tourism there. Have written about Latin Music, and I am passionate about singing and encouraging everyone to sing. I formally ran " singing for the terrified" at the Mary Ward Centre, in addition to a world music choir. I Have been a practitioner of Santeria since 1986. Between the years 1991 and 2005 I received My Elekes, My Warriors and Olokun. In 2005 I received my Ikofafun ( Ifa) and on February 6 2006 I became initiated as a Priestess of Ochun in Luyano, Havana. My Branch of the religion is La Pimienta. I was born from Obatala and Yemaya. Ocha Inle and Omi Laibo are my Iyalorishas. Currently I run and direct the London Lucumi Choir which sings Afro Cuban songs to the Orisha and other Afro-Cuban genres. I have also become a celebrant qualified to perform marriage ceremonies, renewal of vows, baby naming ceremonies and other family based ceremony and ritual.