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I am very happy to announce that two of my photos from the Tata Frank / Vititi Congo Tronco Ceibe photo-set were published in the Afro-Hispanic Review (volume 31, number 1 ; Spring 2012 ed, pg 167, 168). The Afro-Hispanic Review, a bilingual journal of Afro-Hispanic literature and culture, is published by the Department of Spanish and [...]
Recently, I split one of my videos into three clips and posted them on YouTube. At 19 minutes, the original video was a bit too long. Frank’s comments in part 3 are particularly insightful and deserved a wider viewing. Yet viewers weren’t always watching to the end. Therefore, breaking into smaller bits allows everyone the opportunity to view at their own pace. As always, comments are welcomed.
Here are all three clips:
The original blog post is here:
This photo essay will describe the lead-up and subsequent personal discovery of the grave-site of one Ta Jose. I say one, because anyone could be called Ta Jose and any Ta Jose could, theoretically be buried at this site. The Ta Jose I was hoping to find is a major historical figure reputed to have brought the Palo / Congo [...]
I decided to re-edit my public selection of photos from Oyotunji Village. These photos were taken in July 2005 during the Inauguration Ceremony of the new Oba (King).
This first gallery is of the Dance of the Egungun Masqueraders:
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Often, one can find blog post of the unboxing of some new technology. This usually goes along with unbearably long lines just to purchase said product. To me, this shows the love and care that this person has for their new toy. I applaud it. So, I have decided to do an unboxing on [...]
These are a few of the most viewed photo from the Vititi Congo Tronco Ceiba photo shoot. I am re-posting these to go along with the interview of Tata Frank. The whole photo shoot can be found in my photo library: library.ethnographique.org.
Here is the first in my Conversations Video Series. This edition is on Palo Mayombe with Tata Frank Lords.
The interview was held on June 16, 2012 in his Munanso in Miami, Florida. Tata Frank is a very knowledgeable Palero and was very gracious in allowing this interview, as well as the accompanying photo spread. I will be re-posting many of the photos from the shoot in this blog space over the next few weeks.
Conversations Video Series: Palo Mayombe
Since I am doing the production on a shoe-string budget, it has take a bit longer to finalize. I had to learn a whole new set of software tools and video techniques. Also, my former WordPress theme did not handle video well. I hope you enjoyed it. Any pointers or suggestions are welcome. Just drop me a note in the comments.
A photo set of African Drums in Cuba. I found these on display at the Museum of the Slave Route in Matanzas, Cuba. This sixth set is of Arará Drums. Arará is an African ethnic group in Cuba (especially in the provinces of La Habana and Matanzas), Puerto Rico and elsewhere in the Caribbean who [...]
A photo set of African Drums in Cuba. I found these artifacts on display at the Museum of the Slave Route in Matanzas, Cuba. This fifth set is of two historical figures in Cuba who had a great impact on Lucumi musical traditions. Bonifacia Alfonso (Boní) (1870-1957). She was the caretaker of the “Batey de [...]