Monday, February 13, 2012

Offerings for Oya

"Oya" by Francisco Santos
Song for Oya from Oriente province, Cuba (lyrics from Oya: Santeria and the Orisha of the Winds by Baba Raul Canizares)

Hoy hay toque de bembe 
En el cabildo de Oya
En la fiesta que la brindan
Los hijos de Obatala
Iyankamae Iyankama-o
Si to me abres las puertas
yo to dara de come

English translation:
Today a feast is going on
In the temple of Oya
It is a feast being offered
by the sons of Obatala
Oh great Mother of the Dead,
Oh great ruler of death,
Clear my paths
accept my sacrifice