Lucumi Music: Dancing, Singing, and Drumming Black Divinity

  • Film

The orichas and the foddunes of Cuba and its diaspora come alive through music and dance. This film documents a 2014 conference of the Center for African and African American Research at Duke University about the diverse genres of Afro-Cuban sacred drumming that turn human beings into gods. The cutting-edge ideas that emerged at the conference are illustrated in performance footage. “Lucumí Music” both illuminates and instantiates the century-old encounter among priests, dancers, drummers, researchers, state officials, and tourists has shaped the practice of Afro-Cuban religion today.

Duke Faculty Artists/Collaborators

Cited Artists/Collaborators

  • J. Lorand Matory

Creation Date

  • March 5, 2015