Iyaranla (Oro Cantado), is the first commercially available CD of this song cycle which is central to most Lukumi ceremonies. In a traditional setting, after the bata drums greet the Orisha in the Igbodu with the Oro Igbodu, the ceremony moves into the public space where the Orisha are greeted with song and drum by the whole community, using the songs we have recorded on this album.
This album, more than anything, is meant to be a learning tool so that those attending ceremony will be able to participate and contribute to the energy of the community. The music, however, speaks to people of all walks of life, and this super hi-fidelity recording is a gem of cultural expression and preservation.
released May 23, 2013
Omo Alagba is: Steven Cherena - Akpwon; Mark Lilly - Iya, Coro; Denny Stern - Itotele, Derek Learned - Okonkolo, Coro; Mikaela Romero and Bernice Harrison-Williams - Coro.
Producer: Chaz Mortimer, Ibori Records
Audio Engineers: Rick Clifford, Yamio 263
Mastering: Dana White, Specialized Mastering
Recorded at Orbit Audio, Seattle, WA