Songlines Review 2018

4 Star Review: Songlines Issue 137 ( Spring 2018)

“Now 12 Years Old, The London Lucumi Choir continues to do extra-ordinary community centred arts work and celebrates the rich syncretistic cultures of the African Diaspora while producing powerfully unifying roots music. Subtitled, Praise Songs for Oshun and Obatala in reference to two key Yoruba deities-forces of vital energy for many people across West Africa, Cuba, Brazil and beyond, this ten track CD takes listeners on a journey along lost London Rivers that ultimately find their source deep in the Kongo Kingdom.

Percussion integral to the ensemble is a prompt and rhythmic peg for vaulting solos and Choral harmonies that rain down like spring showers. Call- and- response features in all the arrangements; this is song as conversation, as shared emotion. The final track explores three separate Orisha traditions, the Choir skilfully guided by Candomblé. initiate, Ricardo Axé. and a re-mix giving the sign off an urban contemporary treatment. London is indeed lucky to have this musical powerhouse in it’s ‘burbs. ” By Chris Moss.

Track To Try: Oshun Iyesa30126020_10156203910994462_1302735113_o


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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.