by Istvan Dely & Cuatro Continentes
The ecstasy of worship: ancient sacred drumming of African Diaspora in the Circumcaribbean with a new global message of spirituality and hope. http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/delycontinentes
For a significant segment of the world's population, sacred music, as indeed all music, rests upon drums, and worship is inseparable from drum dancing. "In Africa (as well as in her Caribbean Diaspora), the drum is king. The drum's rank in black music is both rhythmic and melodic and even oratorical, besides being sacred and thaumaturgical... It is the supreme ruler, always accompanied by other instruments which, coming from all the realms of Nature, are his vassals and make up his symphonic retinue." (Fernando Ortiz) ORA TAMBÓis a veritable treasure-trove for drummers and drum-lovers, as well as delicate spiritual food for souls thirsting for the ecstasy of worship.
ORA TAMBÓ brings together prayers by Bahá'u'lláh, 'Abdu'l-Bahá and the Báb recited, chanted, and sung in Spanish, English, Haitian Creole, Portuguese, Chinese, Persian, Arabic, Garífuna, and Hungarian, with the sacred African drumming traditions of Cuban Santería and Palo, Haitian Vodoun, Colombian Lumbalú, Puerto Rican Bomba, Bush Negro Winti, and Brazilian Candomblé, as a universally viable way, along with other modes, of expressing the veneration of the sacred which lies at the very heart of every culture.