One of Cuba´s best known folkloric ensembles, Yoruba Andabo in Concert
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- Arts and Culture
- culture an traditions
- 12 / 05 / 2008
Born out of spontaneous musical get-togethers held at the Havana harbor in 1961 by a group of dock workers, Yoruba Andabo - back then with another name - began performing in 1986 at the Havana seat of the National Association of Cuban Writers and Artists (UNEAC). Following its involvement in a recording for the local top label EGREM, the band worked in close contact with renowned singer Mercedita Valdés, which led it to turn into a company in 1994 under the name of Compañía Folklórica Yoruba Andabo.
Rumba is played and danced in Havana with unrivaled passion --a sign of the unbreakable spirit of the Cuban people.
On stage, Yoruba Andabo will perform various expressions of Rumba, including guaguancó, yambú and columbia, with pieces like ‘ La Brujería ´, ‘Las mujeres si pueden´, ‘Guantanamera´, ‘Manos pa´ arriba a los que están´ and finally, the Havana conga.
The program also includes the cycles Abakuá and Yoruba, with ‘Espíritu´ and ‘Patakín de Obba´. This Yoruba goddess symbolizes repressed love and marital bliss, lacerated by Changó, her husband, who is involved in a love triangle with Ochún and Oyá.
The concert is sponsored by the Young Communist League (UJC), the Cuban Institute of Music and the Popular Music Center .