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Length: 49:31:00 Price: $11.98

01. Bonicha Kuala - 0:34 - Price: $1.29

02. El Canto A Los Angeles - De Tierra Y Cielo - 5:42 - Price: $1.29

03. Breathe - 4:30 - Price: $1.29

04. Eshu La Roye - 3:56 - Price: $1.29

05. Asokere - 3:33 - Price: $1.29

06. Chen Che - 6:02 - Price: $1.29

07. Odie - 2:55 - Price: $1.29

08. Baba Fururu - 7:02 - Price: $1.29

09. Afrekete - 1:44 - Price: $1.29

10. Novidadi - 3:52 - Price: $1.29

11. Orisha Iyesa - 5:02 - Price: $1.29

12. Ochimini - 4:35 - Price: $1.29

Afrocuba - Brazilian - Funk

The title Ancestors is not to be thought of in its usual sense of past familial relationships but rather the musical ancestry of the masters of Cuban folkloric and religious musics which have inspired this album and Bata Ire.

With this in mind Bata Ire has embarked on their debut album taking Afro-Cuban rhythms and re-introducing them to the American musical idioms of Jazz, Blues, Rock, and Funk. There is also a further blending, as in the cut Ochimini where African religious tradition is blended with a Chicago Blues element and with rhythm highly suggestive of New Orleans street drumming. The cut Baba Fururu (an Orisha song for Obatala) is effortlessly re-imagined for Jazz combo. Music on this album ranges from the first cut, Bonicha Kuala, performed by the most elemental instrument - the human voice - to the more complex El Canto A Los Angeles De Tierra Y Cielo.

There are also more traditional cuts like Odie and the bata rumba style of Afrekete. Chen Che Kuru-ru / See Line Woman is a special case in point. This cut exemplifies a cultural synthesis between the African Orisha Oshun and the sexually alluring yet powerful and independent See Line Woman. Iyesa, a rhythm of the Lukumi in Cuba, is the inspiration behind two cuts on the album, Asokere and Orisha Iyesa , each of which treats it quite differently. Asokere has instances of call and response between the guitar and bass, and voice; and at the beginning the quinto, bass, and guitar take the role of bataleros. Orisha Iyesa uses elements of African pop, iyesa drumming, and funk.

The narration on Eshu La Roye is a prayer to Eshu asking for good health, a cool or peaceful mind and much more. It is spoken over rhythms sacred to Eshu and Elegua. The cuts Novidadi and Breathe are frankly inspiringly beautiful and lyrical. Novidadi is an expression of the Afro-Portuguese synthesis found on the Cape Verde islands and Breathe is Bata Ire’s offering of enlightened awareness of ones situation in life and how others effect the truly positive nature of the human condition.

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