BEAUTIFUL. POWERFUL. LOVE.
Inspiration To Fuel Your Journey Through Healing And Transformation
We sing praise...
You don’t have to practice an African spiritual tradition to sing the songs of the Orisha. It is accepted and preferred that everyone participates and sings in order to build up the energy. Orisha are convergences of energies that manifest through nature with clear attributes and relevant folktales, each with different music and songs related to them.
Singing, in general, can be a healing experience. The very act helps strengthen your lungs and balance the energy of your throat chakra. The positive results can extend beyond the physical to the mental/emotional plane, helping us to heal our pain, speak our truth, and live our best lives.
Back in October, we hosted the first Beautiful. Powerful. Love: Celebrate! event at Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute to honor and celebrate our Ancestral Mothers through music and dance performances from across the African Diaspora. After a beautiful libation and prayer to the Ancestors, Mark Ifeoluwa Lilly and Bembe Oiele played bata drums and sung Orisha praise songs.
Mark has studied Orisha singing and drumming for over 20 years with many elders including Amelia Pedroso, legendary Afro-Cuban ritual singer and priestess.
“In the correct cultural context, you are using your voice to heal yourself and to heal people. Whether you believe in Orisha or not, that is the function of singing these songs as a community. It’s beautiful... it will make you stand up straight. The power of these songs is in the antiquity of the words along with the presence and intention of the singer. This is Sankofa - reclaiming what was taken during the middle passage,” says Mark.
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Inspiring healing and transformation is the purpose of the Beautiful. Powerful. Love. event series as well as the book it is based on: From Fat, Black, and Unlovable to Beautiful. Powerful. Love.
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