Yemaya, Me, and Blitz

For the final installment of his Diasporadical Trilogia, Ghanaian-American emcee Blitz The Ambassador heads to the heart of Afro-Brazilian culture: the beautiful seaside city of Salvador in the northeastern Brazilian state of Bahia.

The gorgeous self-directed music video for “Running” explores the state of African spirituality in Brazil, with Blitz himself playing the role of a priest.

“Steeped in the world of magical realism, ‘Running’ is a story of community in Salvador, Bahia threatened by gentrification,” Blitz explains in a video synopsis sent to Okayplayer. “As the demolition team make their way to an old woman’s house to tear it down, she is protected by her Orisha’s.”

Watch Blitz’s latest video for “Running” below. For parts one and two in the Diasporadical music video series, check out his previous clips for “JuJu Girl” and “Shine.” Blitz’s Diasporadical EP officially arrives in March.

 

Short Film: Orisha’s Journey


<p><a href=”https://vimeo.com/149355438″>ORISHA'S JOURNEY</a> from <a href=”https://vimeo.com/user25268949″>Abdul Ndadi</a> on <a href=”https://vimeo.com”>Vimeo</a&gt;.</p>

“Orisha’s Journey is a fantasy tale of a girl’s journey through the spirit world (‘Orisha’ denotes a spirit in Nigerian Yoruba cosmology), who must learn about the importance of remembering one’s roots. The film, set in a mysterious walking forest, explores the power of a child’s imagination and the deep meanings and manifestations of Africa.”- Yayra Sumah of GhanaILoveYou Tumblr.com___ SCHOOL OF VISUAL ARTS THESIS (2014)

 

 

Carlota Lukumi

Carlota Lukumi de Cuba

Carlota Lukumi. Carlota was kidnapped from her Yoruba tribe, brought in chains to Cuba as a child and forced into slavery in the city of Matanzas, working to harvest and process sugar cane under the most brutal of conditions.
She was bright, musical, determined and clever. In 1843, she and another enslaved woman named Fermina led an organized rebellion at the Triumvarato sugar plantation. Fermina was locked up after her plans for the rebellion were discovered. Using talking drums to secretly communicate, Carlota and her fellow warriors freed Fermina and dozens of others, and went on to wage a well-organized armed uprising against at least five brutal slave plantation operations in the area. Carlota’s brave battle went on for one year before she was captured, tortured and executed by Spanish landowners.

Iba Orisanla

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The great king that dwelled in the city of Iranje

He who has blessings and good character

He who has ideal character and blessings

Husband of the hunchback

Husband of the crippled

Oro, the husband of albino

He who lives daily in gorgeous greatness

He is so so mighty that he cannot be lifted

Immense in white robes

The king in unstained white cloth

He sleeps in white cloth

He wakes in white cloth

He rises in white cloth

Venerable father, Yemoo’s husband

It is enjoyable to see wealth

The oldest man in the city of Ifon

He who multiples a single person to many

The spiritual world’s blacksmith

The head moulder that molds children’s heads

Orisa that makes eyes and noses

Orisanla the owner of good clay

Orisanla the owner of the clay that is used to mold character

Orisanla the owner of clay that is used to mold portion

He who has power of making things happen

A very wealthy Orisa