Yoruba Andabo
The group has its origins in the 1961 docks of Havana’s port, when a group of port workers gathered to found the by then called Guaguancó marítimo portuario, with no professional music pretensions. 17 artists make up the company among dancers, percussionists, and singers who carry out a professional work with the diverse genres of religious and secular music that constitutes the African roots of Cuban culture. The group’s work line is to organize workshops and seminars on the topics of folkloric percussion, folkloric dance, folkloric singing, traditional percussion, and traditional dance, among other activities educational related, taken care of by prominent specialists from the Yoruba Andabo staff.


Rumba en la Habana

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Among the hierarchies of Afro-Cuban music, Yoruba Andabo enjoys a special sovereignty in and outside of Cuba. The first seed that gave life to this group was sown in 1961 at the docks of Havana, the birthplace of legendary rumberos. The group’s name combines two words: Yoruba, the great southern motherland of African nations and cultures, and Andabo, which in the Carabalí language means friend, follower, or admirer.

Through their work, the group has imposed a distinctive hallmark, and even more challenging, they have found style in purity. The goal that drives the efforts of Yoruba Andabo is the libertarian incorporation of everything that surrounds, adorns, and approximates tradition, absent of vice or purist digressions.

No other group could have achieved such brilliance and cohesion in presenting this view of our singable and danceable physiognomy: chants, devotion, dance, and the beauty of life. Here hot, sensual rumba, guaguancó, toque de santo, song, Abakuá and Congolese chants, and communication with the dead converge. They signify the pieces of history of a country forged in a melting pot of races and encounters with other cultures.

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El callejón de los Rumberos

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El callejón de los rumberos

  1. Soy todo (Poema) / Eloy Machado Pérez (El Ambia)
  2. El callejón de los Rumberos (Rumba) / Calixto Cavalla
  3. Perdón (Rumba) / Pedro Flores
  4. Enyenisón Enkama / África habla (Abakuá) D.R.
  5. Columbia Andilanga (Columbia) D.R.
  6. Y ya se formó el Rumbón (Rumba) / Gregorio Hernández
  7. El breve espacio (Rumba) / Pablo Milanés
  8. María Belén (Yambu) D.R.
  9. Taiwiri (Rumba) Calixto Cavalla
  10. Protesta Carabalí (Guaguancó Abakuá) / Reinaldo Brito
  11. Cantar Bueno (Rumba) D.R.
  12. María Rafaela (Columbia) D.R.
  13. Chano en Belén (Rumba) / Calixto Cavalla

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