Barry Irving, with more than 40 years of experience as an artist.

To see more of his work, contact the artist: storymaster1614@yahoo.com

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Essex Place (Studio)
490E MacMillian Sreet Suite 215
Cincinnati OH, 45206

(718) 807-7190
Hollis, NY
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Tami Jo Urban, Omí Lana was ordained to Yemojá in 2006. Originally from Detroit, she currently lives in Miami where she is working as a freelance artist, web developer (including Eleda.org) and tattoo artist. In addition to her full-scope commercial design services, Tami is accepting commission work for orisha and orisha-related items. The slideshow below profiles some of the work she has created. More information, her biography, resume and full body of work can be found at Tamityville.

If you would like to speak to Tami about any of her services please contact her. Email | (313) 427-9099

Bryan Donnelly (Oshun Kayode) Master Blacksmith, Bladesmith and Silver/Goldsmith

“All my life I have had a fascination with metal and working with it. Continue reading »

Estas fotos fueron tomadas en el Museo de Regla en Cuba, durante un viaje de investigación que di a la isla en diciembre del 2004. González es sacerdote de la Religión Bantú, comúnmente conocida en Cuba como Palo o Palo Mayombe, e iniciado en la Regla Abakuá, de origen Kalabari (Carabalí). Preparaba una instalación de su arte religioso y pintaba un mural que se exhibiría en el museo en el año entrante. Su arte funde las tres tradiciones dominantes de la Isla: Lukumí (Yoruba), Congo (Bantú) y Abakuá (Kalabari o Carabalí). Continue reading »

Traditional and Ritual Music of Cuba and Brazil

Anya was formed in 1999 in the Phoenix area by folkloric percussionists Emilio Caruso and Eric Udell. Anya performs music celebrating the rich cultural heritage of both Cuba and Brazil. It is music that was originally brought to the New World by African slaves, who, through ingenuity and determination preserved their spiritual and cultural traditions. Anya is dedicated to bringing wider recognition to these compelling musical forms utilizing performance, educational seminars, and music workshops.

Emilio and Eric have both studied these musical forms passionately for many years with master drummers of this music in Cuba, Brazil, and the United States. Recently relocated to the Phoenix area, Emilio met Eric by chance at a local bookstore and realized immediately they had a common love for and dedication to this music. Shortly afterward, they began to play together, laying the foundation for the group that was to become Anya. Although this music had never been performed in Arizona, Emilio and Eric felt that if audiences were exposed to the beauty and power of this music they would find social, spiritual and aesthetic relevance.

In 2001, Emilio studied with master drummer and musical director of the Conjunto Folklorico Nacional de Cuba, Alberto Villarreal. By winning an award from the National Endowment For the Arts, administered through the Arizona Commission On the Arts, combined with Eric’s involvement in Regla de Ocha, Emilio had the opportunity to study with Eric’s Padrino, Alberto Villarreal. Months of intensive study, along with the superb teaching skills of Alberto, naturally presented a far deeper and meaningful context to all the ritual musical forms (Oro Seco, Oro Cantado, Fiesta, Arara and Palo) to which Emilio and Eric are dedicated, not only musically but religiously as well.

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