Tuesday, 28 February 2012

More Info on Vodun Cosmology

In the Daxomean Vodun, the creator is known by many names. One of the most powerful accolades for the creator in Fongbe is Dada Segbo. Loosely translated this means "the great Se". The se is the essence of life. It permeates all things, people, events and phenomenon. Each person has a se in which is contains his/her destiny. This includes accumulated experiences from past lives and the like.

Read more here Vodun Cosmology

Sunday, 12 February 2012

Tamarind for Sale!

This is a February 1952 record of Mamie and/or Papa selling tamarind on 4 occasions. A fantastic documentation of African entrepreneurs!

I remember eating so much tamarind right from the tree that my tongue was cut all over. And still I ate some more. The tamarind tree ultimately was located on a plot of land given to Uncle Amorra which he eventually sold to a land developer who built 3 houses on it. I assume February is tamarind season and I hope the tree is still there because when I arrived in Trinidad in a few days I’m going to help myself to tamarind. Wish me luck!

Friday, 10 February 2012

Another Rada Song by Empress

Another Rada song by Empress. She's a reluctant singer so please let her know how if you appreciate her efforts.

Rada Empress3

Thursday, 9 February 2012

Prayers by Home of the Ancestors and Orishas on Saturday

A group called, Home of Ancestors and Orishas, has received a ‘message’ to come to the Rada compound on Saturday, February 11th at noon to say prayers and feed the ancestors. All are welcome to attend.

New York Times Article on Benin

New York Times Vodun Trail in Benin

Benin in 2014! Here we come!

Tuesday, 7 February 2012

Downtown Ouidah, Benin

Photo of current downtown Ouidah, Benin where the first Antoine was born around 1800.


Sunday, 5 February 2012

Panorama Semi-Finals without Dudley Smith?

As you listen to Panorama Semi-Finals today think of how awful the bands would sound if our Dudley Smith (father and grandfather of the Hoytes) didn’t decide to put rubber on the sticks!

Saturday, 4 February 2012

The Belmont Rada Community

It's Black History Month and here's the first of short intro of The Belmont Rada Community. It was founded in 1868 by Abojevi Zahwenu, also known as Robert Antoine and Papa Nanee. It's located on Antoine Lane, in Belmont Valley Road on 3/5th of an acre purchased for $135.

Thursday, 2 February 2012

Wednesday, 1 February 2012

Cojo Billy

Who was the first band leader to portray African mas? Who was the first band leader to have a choreographed dance on the stage. Whatever you guessed, you’re wrong. It was the Antoine family. Many, many years ago (no one can remember the year), the Antoine family had a carnival band with a presentation called, Cojo Billy. We were dressed as Africans, new drums were made, a song was composed and choreography was done. We practiced in the tent for weeks and finally took our presentation to the stage. Great fun was had by all, but it was never repeated. Who’s ready to resurrect Cojo Billy for 2012 carnival?
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