Ifa is the “Yoruba” term for knowledge, wisdom and understanding. There are several important attributes of Ifa. Culture is one of them. And….music is an attribute or component of culture. All human cultures produce music. It helps uplift the human condition. In this section, the goal is to appreciate music that express the creative power of the human experience / the healing power to uplift the human condition. Enjoy the content. We are working to keep this section alive with updates. Enjoy!
By Antonio Mondesire – Mar 11, 2017 MAESTRO EDDIE PALMIERI’S ENDURING VIRTUOSITY AT 80 AND BEYOND By Babá António Mondesíre On March 4, 2017, JAZZ AT LINCOLN CENTER (Frederick P. Rose Hall) presented the second of two performances entitled, EDDIE PALMIERI, CELEBRATING 80 YEARS. The festivities were divided into two segments: Latin jazz aka “instrumental […]
CD REVIEW BY CONTRIBUTING WRITER, BABA ANTONIO MONDESIRE Rebel\ ‘rebel 1a: to oppose those in authority who do not act in the best interest of humankind. Tumbao\ toóm-‘Bah-o (Spanish) 1a: a syncopated bass and conga rhythm that makes you want to groove your ass off. Musical Director, multi-percussionist, composer and spoken word artist, José Claussell […]
Latin on Lex Jazz Fest: New Cuban New York – A Confluence of Cultures Converge in the Big Apple By Antonio Mondesire – Mar 28, 2015
Day 2 of the 92nd Street Y’s Latin on Lex series celebrated “a snapshot of a musical movement that could only have taken place in New York City,” says Artistic Director, Brian Lynch. The event featured Grammy nominees, Yosvany Terry, Pedro “Pedrito” Martinez and Manuel Valera, who among others made the pilgrimage to New York, […]
Performance Review by Antonio Mondesire February 21, 2015 Pianist, composer, arranger Elio Villafranca and the Jass Syncopator’s presented Cinqué – The Suite of the Caribbean at Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Appel Room before a warm and receptive audience. The suite consisted of five movements dedicated to and inspired by Joseph Cinqué, the protagonist of La […]