VOODOO GROOVES – mysterious sounds from voodoo ceremonies
Spectacular and mysterious sounds from voodoo ceremonies in Benin / Africa. Over 800 stunning samples will enchant your ears and your mind! Features Kalebass, Ponsee-Ouett, Quidah, Egun Drums, Talking Drums… The Voodoo cult originated in the town of Quidah in the state of Benin, situated between Nigeria and Togo In West Africa. From here it came with the black slaves into the New World, to Brazil (Candoble) and to Haiti.
The old ceremonies have survived to this day, and half of the population are initiated into the faith of Voodoo. Many people believe in Cathilicism and Voodooism at the same time; the Christian God has a place in their pantheon.
Most of music is rserved for the ceremonies. Each cloister has its own rhythm; the iniated are able to recognize their monastery by sound alone, and can also distinguish the origins of other rhythms.
Each cloister owns threeholy drums, which are played by initiated musicians. Before the ceremonies, the drums are fed, that is, they are painted with the blood of sacrificed animals such as goats, chickens or ducks.
The rituals usual start in the evening and last for the whole night. The spirit must find the drummer at the beginning of the ceremony. When the spirit possesses the drummer, he can play for days on end. For each deity there is a special rhythm which is played throughout the whole ceremony; while variations are signs for the different dancers. When the smallest of the three drums plays a new rhythm, the respective dancer recgnizes his own rhythm and begins to dance. The dance is meant to attract the spirit of the Voodoo in order to become his medium. Even people who just happen to be passing by can be possessed by the evoked spirits.
There is no notation. The secret codes of the cloisters are not written down; all knowledge is passed orally. Many fables are narrated to music.
1-8 Voodoo Grooves – bpm given
9-13 Traditional rhythms from Benin (group percussion)
14-19 Group Percussion + Benin Sounds
20-25 Percussion Group from Quidah
26-30 Taling Drums
31-32 Death Drums
33-40 South American Funeral Procession
41-44 Oro Ceremony – singing + body percussion
45-47 Initiation Ritual – High Priest solos
48 The casting of the FA – 6 sounds from the oracle