Ashé is an Afro-Cuban Drum & Dance Ensemble performing
Afro-Cuban religious music with acappella vocals and chorus. The lecture
and seminar, produced, directed, created and narrated by Henry Mora
is a forum on the Orishas (Santos, Saints) of the Santeria religion.
A tribute to each Orisha is made to Afro-Cuban rhythms, songs and
shown performing at Rio Hondo College, Whittier, CA. February 2002
deeply rooted in the African religion of the Yoruba people of West
Africa, developed into its present form through religious persecution
during the practice of slavery in the late 1800's. The Spanish slave
trade brought slaves to the Western Hemisphere and in Cuba they were
forced to discard their religious heritage and practice Catholicism.
The slave obediently prayed to the Catholic Saints, but secretly substituted
the prayer to one of the Orishas of the Yoruba religion, therefore
the name Santeria. In Cuba where most of the religious transformation
took place, Santeria is also known as La Regla Lucumi. Santeria is
considered syncretistic, a religious duality embracing the Catholic
faith and the Yoruba Religion.
seminar consists of a one hour lecture and performance presented in
an educational format. The presentation is performed in full costume
and features an array of Afro-Cuban drums and percussion instruments
which are discussed at the end of the seminar during a question and
firstname.lastname@example.org for information or bookings
(909) 624-1124 - (213)215-4702
Ashé is produced, directed, created and narrated by Henry
Mora. Any copy or duplication is a violation of Federal Law.