OKAN - Espiral (Official Video)
https://www.okanmusica.com The title track of the sophomore release by Afro-Cuban roots and jazz ensemble OKAN, Espiral explores the dualities of contemporary and traditional, city and country, exile and rebirth, secular and sacred. The album as a whole delves deeper into the group's Cuban roots, finding renewed inspiration in this rich musical heritage. The Santeria influences are most evident in this title track which uniquely blends guajira, the folk genre of Eastern Cuba, with Santeria-derived chants. The chant that inspires the piece comes from the lesser known Arará sect of the Santeria religion (as opposed to the Lucumi) and is associated with the orisha Babalu Aye who was syncretized in Cuba with Saint Lazarus, whose story of exile and rebirth resonates with the composers as immigrants from Cuba to Canada.&#039; The video was a labour of love that grew out of a collaboration between the Creative Director/ Producer for the piece, Kathleen Ryan and OKAN leaders Elizabeth Rodriguez and Magdelys Savigne. Blessed by a surprise rainbow at the end of the shoot, which took place several months into the COVID lockdown, the colorful imagery captures the magic of a day and the theme of rebirth explored in the song&#039;s lyrics. Musicians: Elizabeth Rodriguez: vocals, violin Magdelys Savigne: vocals, percussion Roberto Riveron: bass Frank Martinez: drums Miguel de Armas: piano Roberto Riveron Tamayo Pablosky Rosales: tres guitar Kathleen Ryan – Executive Producer and Creative Director Harb Singh - Director Charlotte Ryan - Associate Director and Creative Producer Lucille Villamor - Production Manager Nick Tessier - Director of Photography and Steadi Camera Operator Adam Warren - Lighting Designer Ken Yan - Editor Cam Roden - Camera Operator Paula Perri - Production Assistant Ruby Sealy - Stylist Dance and Choreography: Dailyn Martinez Wardrobe and Makeup: Tracy Ekubor Photography: Ksenija Hotic Lyrical Advisor: Dayan Ogbelara Thank you to Craig Milne and Colin Maitland, SIM International Thank you to DUO Aerial Created with support from FACTOR, Toronto Arts Council, Canada Council for the Arts, Ontario Arts Council and Lulaworld Records / Lula Music and Arts. https://www.lulaworldrecords.ca/ ©2020 OKAN. Unauthorized reproduction, copying & rental of this recording in any form is strictly prohibited by law. All rights reserved. Made in Canada http://vevo.ly/JLEOWv
OKAN performs Kumba
Canadian based band OKAN stops by our studio while on a US tour to perform a tune based on cumba cumba by la Lupe. Composed by: Elizabeth Rodriguez & Magdelys Savigne Violin / Vocal: Elizabeth Rodriguez Congas / Vocal: Magdelys Savigne Drums: Frank Martinez Bass: Gerson Lazo Quiroga Piano: Miguel de Armas Production Producer / Audio / Video: Javier Raez Camera: Trendel Lightburn Executive Producer / Camera: Martin Cohen Food and Hospitality: Vivianne Cohen Special thanks for earthworks microphone for providing us with microphones for this video. Special thanks to GEWA for providing their digital piano, UP260G #OKAN #Kumba #congahead
1000 Palabras OKAN (All female collaboration)
This video was made with the help of many talented women accross the world. 99% of them are women from Cuba who have build their own successful lives as mucians elsewhere. 1000 Palabras is a song written by Elizabeth Rodriguez and Magdelys Savigne for their own band OKAN.
OKAN performs Espiral
Canadian based band OKAN stops by our studio while on a US tour to perform an original composition, Espiral. Composed by: Elizabeth Rodriguez & Magdelys Savigne Violin / Vocal: Elizabeth Rodriguez Congas / Vocal: Magdelys Savigne Drums: Frank Martinez Bass: Gerson Lazo Quiroga Piano: Miguel de Armas Production Producer / Audio / Video: Javier Raez Camera: Trendel Lightburn Executive Producer / Camera: Martin Cohen Food and Hospitality: Vivianne Cohen Special thanks for earthworks microphone for providing us with microphones for this video. Special thanks to GEWA for providing their digital piano, UP260G #OKAN #Espiral #congahead
Last Day by OKAN at Small World Music Centre, Toronto
Last Day is composed by Elizabeth Rodriguez (violin and vocals) and arranged by Magdelys Savigne (congas and vocals) Taking its name from the word for SOUL in the Afro-Cuban religion of Santaria, OKAN is a women-led contemporary Afro-Cuban band. www.okanmusica.com With Roberto Riveron (bass), Jeremy Ledbetter (piano), Anthony Daniel (drums) Filmed at the Small World Music Centre in Toronto, this concert was presented by Lula Music and Arts Centre. Please subscribe to our channel and support our music.