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Exploration of Forms Workshop: “Female Orishas and Their Songs” with Bobi Céspedes

Workshop | April 23 | 1-3 p.m. |  Bancroft Studio (2401 Bancroft)


Department of Theater, Dance & Performance Studies


Part of the Public Movement Workshop Series (4 Sundays)
No dance training required to participate.

No need to RSVP; simply show up ready to move.

The Orisha are deities found in the Yoruba-spiritual tradition known as Ifa in Nigeria, Candomblé in Brazil, and Lucumí in Cuba.

Join us for a rare opportunity to learn sacred Lucumí songs for the Orishas Yemaya, Oshun and Oya, and the significance of these important deities, from renowned singer, educator and Orisha priest, Bobi Céspedes. Accompanied by live drummers, Bobi will lead participants in singing to the mothers of the Ocean, River and Wind.

An ordained Yoruba priestess, singer Gladys “Bobi” Céspedes was born in Cuba, but has lived in the U.S. since emigrating in 1959. She currently lives in San Francisco where she co-founded the progressive Latin/Cuban group Conjunto Céspedes in 1981 with her nephew Guillermo Céspedes. Her spiritually charged lyrics also inform her collaborations with percussionist Mickey Hart, as well as her 2002 solo album Rezos.


 $5 UCB Participants with ID,  $10 General Public

Tickets go on sale April 23. Contact person: At Door Cash or Check


tdps@berkeley.edu, 510-642.1677