The London Lucumi Choir | Un Solo Palo, No Hace Monte; A Single Tree Does Not a Forest Make; Igi Kan Ko Si Igbo

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Un Solo Palo, No Hace Monte; A Single Tree Does Not a Forest Make; Igi Kan Ko Si Igbo

by The London Lucumi Choir

Presenting an uplifting collection of Spiritual Songs with amazing vocal arrangements from the Afro Cuban traditions of Lucumi, Arara and Espiritsimo, in addition to some exciting Afro Cuban Rumba, which will not fail to inspire you to dance!
Genre: World: Caribbean
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Elegua: Bata/Guiro
7:48 album only
2. Ogun: Bata/Bembé
6:07 album only
3. Chango: Bata
6:23 album only
4. Oya: Guiro
2:38 album only
5. Mase: Arará
4:46 album only
6. El Mayoral: Rumba,Guaguancó (Feat. Gerardo Y Su RumbaÄché)
4:31 album only
7. El Pan De Piquito: Rumba Yambú (Feat. Gerardo Y Su RumbaÄché)
4:59 album only
8. Cantos Espirituales (Acapela) (Feat. Gerardo Y Su RumbaÄché)
5:15 album only
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Album Notes
THE LONDON LUCUMI CHOIR in Nov 2011 celebrates five years of being the first and original non -audition community choir open to all,dedicated to singing songs to Orisha ( Yoruba Deities) plus other genres from the Afro Cuban tradition. In these five years they have performed in Theatres, Churches, Festivals and smaller venues all over the UK; They supported Buena Vista's Eliades Ochoa in February 2009 and have also performed alongside Cuban legends such as Yoruba Andabo. in 2008 they became Category finalists in the BBC Radio Three Choir Competition of the Year and have also sung on Radio London and appeared on Ben TV. Most importantly, however they enjoy getting together to sing on a regular basis in the sitting room of their director and Lead Singer Daniela Rosselson De Armas. Daniela is also Co producer, Musical Director and Vocal Arranger of this first CD. Daniela co founded the Choir in 2006 after twenty years as a Musician playing and performing Cuban Music and has been the Musical Director, Administrator and the Energy behind the choir since then. The Choir is accompanied by Gerardo Y Su RumbaÄché. This group was formed by Jorge Armando de Armas Sarria aka “Gerardo”. He is a Rumbero desde nascimiento, from Havana Cuba. Director Gerardo has sung, toured and recorded with Legendary Groups such Irosso Oba and Yoruba Andabo . Percussionists Hammadi Rencurell Valdes, Randy Lester Y Raudelis Quiala Cisneros “El Piqui” have played with some of Cuba’s biggest names across a wide variety of genres, including Chucho Valdes, Omara Portuondo, Sur Caribe, Klimax, Ballet Folklorico Catumba and Conjunto Folklorico de Oriente. The Percussion Section is an important and fundamental section of the Choir. Javier Campos Martinez is Co Producer and Director of percussion. He is an all round master percussionist and Omo Anya. ( child of Anya, which allows him to play sacred ceremonial drums) He owns two sets of Sacred Fundamento drums and is also an excellent teacher having taught at the 'Instituto Superior del Arte' in Havana and the Conservatory of Rotterdam. He is based in Marseille and regularly visits London to mentor the Choir and direct the percussion.
The Story of the CD: Un Solo Palo No Hace Monte; A single tree does not a Forest Make; Igi kan, kò si igbo the title is in three languages, Spanish, English and Yoruba, the original language of the Lucumi deities, the Orishas.
Without a number of people, one cannot have a choir, without percussion one cannot have an Afro Cuban Choir . In other words Unity is Strength. So many people were involved in this project. Here follows a thankyou by Director Daniela
The album was inspired by a trip to Matanzas Cuba, also known as Little Africa. It is a homage to all those in Matanzas who sung to me, taught me and inspired me.
THANKYOU! In Matanzas: to Dolores Herrera, Israel Berriel, Maikel Guzmuri Rodriguez; Oscarito Rodriguez Pedroso ( Cabildo Arara Sabalu) Galves and El Cajon Siete Potencias. Composer of the Rumbas, Carlos Alberto Guillén who is from Cárdenas Matanzas and Alfredo Calvo who made my time there so special. In Puerto Rico: to Mercedes Morgana Reyes whose original work depicting Oya, Oshun and Yemaya united by the tree of knowledge, we used for the CD Cover. In London: to Styliani Chrysanthakopoulou for her time and talent and support. to the Finzi Trust who made the trip to Matanzas possible.
to all those choir members, close to sixty of you, who performed, rehearsed, recorded with the choir over the last five years. to my neighbours who have tolerated our rehearsals!
THANKS ABOVE ALL TO Olofi, Olorun, Olodumare, and Gbogbo Egun Ati Gbogbo Orisha Orisha!
Some great Matanceros passed over into the realm of the ancestors recently.
This album is dedicated to the memory of :
Daniel Alfonso Herrera (Balogun) a great and popular drummer and teacher ( July 20 1946- Dec 19 2010),Ibae baye tonu
Mario Rodriguez Pedroso “El Maño”; Omo Obatala Ogbe Ka( December 27 1962-21 August 2011) Ibae baye tonu
Alfredo Calvo Obá Tolá , Omo Agallú (died August 26 2011) Ibae Baye Tonu.
Ibae Baye Tonu Gbogbo Egun Timbelaye Timbalese Olodumare ( a prayer to honour those who join our ancestors)
Tracks 1,2,3,5: Akpwon : Daniela Rosselson De Armas
Track 4 Akpwon: Sheila Ruiz and Nana Aldrin Quaye
Tracks 6,7,8 Solo Artist: Jorge Armando de Armas Sarria “Gerardo”
Track 8 Solistas: Mish Aminoff, Olga Baglay, Anita Chakraborty and Nana Aldrin Quaye.
SINGERS in CHOIR TRACKS 1-8 Mish Aminoff, Keith Johnson , Howard Richmond, Mike Joffe, Nana Aldrin Quaye ,Sarah Wackett, Savinien-Zuri M Thomas, Sheila Ruiz, Olga Baglay, TRACKS 1-5 ONLY: Sandra Morales Cordoba, Katja Metz, Martyn Thompson, Juanita Euka, TRACKS 6,7,8, ONLY: Lynn Bird, Madeline Young, Tabi Mahungu, Leah Barnett, Sabine Cleizergues, Michael Rathbone, Dan Greifer Javier Campos Martinez and Hammadi Rencurrel
Percussionists: Tracks 1-4 Iya: Javier Campos Martinez. Tracks 1-5 Lee Crisp, Chris Manis, Jim Le Messurier, “Gerardo” De Armas Sarria., Javier Campos Martinez. Tracks 6,7,8 RumbaÄche: Hammadi Rencurell, Randy Lester and Raudelis “El Picqui” Quiala Cisneros special Guest Javier Campos Martinez
Musical Director London Lucumi Choir: Daniela Rosselson De Armas
Percussion Director/Arranger: Javier Campos Martinez tracks (1,2,3,4,5,)
Director RumbaÄche: Jorge Armando De Armas Sarria “Gerardo” (6,7.8)
Produced by Daniela Rosselson De Armas and Javier Campos Martinez
Recorded at Blue Room Studios Manchester Engineer Phil Green(1,2,3,4,5,)
Recorded Golddust Studios London Engineer David Palmer( 6,7,8 )
Mixed and Mastered CD at Golddust studios Engineer David Palmer
Cover Art: Mercedes Morgana Reyes
Photos in the Studio by M ish Aminoff, Keith Johnson and Martyn Thompson
Graphic Design of Cover: Styliani Chrysanthakopoulou

"the choir serve as a much needed antidote to the cynical ...... appropriation of ‘world’ rhythms and melodies that is proving so popular with trend cannibalising second tier indie jokers, and will, if you allow them, greatly enrich your day." Ian Mcquaid (Ransom Note Magazine)
“A wonderful performance and presence. A great sense of community spirit and purpose” Paul Gladstone Read



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