World Arts West
SF Ethnic Dance Festival

Performers

OMI ASHÉ

ORIGIN: Cuba
GENRE: Folkloric
MUSICIANS:
Michaelle Goerlitz - batá drum
Amikaeyla Gaston - vocals
Amber McZeal - vocals
Mena Ramos - batá drum
Elizabeth Sayre - batá drum
Karen Smith - vocals

Omi Ashé, "the power of water," is a collective of women performers specializing in Afro-Cuban music for the orishas, or forces of nature.

Drummed prayers for Elegguá (the crossroads), Osain (medicinal plants), Obatalá (peace and wisdom), and Changó (fire, and an historical Yoruba king), followed by songs for Elegguá, Ochún (fresh waters, sensuality), and Yemayá (the oceans and maternity).