Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Interesting Yoruba conference coming up next month

A Symposium on

Orisa Music and Dance:
Discourses of Modernity and Transnationalism

March 8, 2008

Wolfe University Center Ballroom
Biscayne Bay Campus
Florida International University

9:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. Registration and Breakfast

Introductory Remarks: Dr. Akin Ogundiran, Director, African-New World Studies

Welcome: Dean Kenneth Furton, College of Arts and Sciences

10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Session I
Moderator: Oba Ernesto Pichardo, Honorary Fellow, African-New World Studies

Dr. Diedre Badejo (Professor of Pan-African Studies, Kent State University)
Praising Destiny: The Ori-inu of Yoruba Culture in the African Diaspora

Dr. Katherine Hagedorn (Professor of Music, Pomona College)
Drumming, Singing, and Dancing: Toward a Theology of Performance in Afro-Cuban Regla de Ocha

Dr. Michael Mason (Chief of Exhibit Development, Smithsonian Institution)
Cuban Oricha Songs: Codification, Monologic Discourse and Transnational Power Plays

12:30 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. Lunch

2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. Session II
Moderator: Dr. Andrea Seidel, Department of Dance

Dr. Steven Cornelius (Professor of Ethnomusicology, Bowling Green State University)
Shaping the Laws of Musical Performance: From Inchoate Understandings to Living Tradition in New York City's Orisa Communities

Dr. Barbara Browning (Professor of Performance Studies, NYU)
Experimentation, Technique, Instrumentality: Orixá Dance in the Collaborative Work of Rosângela Silvestre and Steve Coleman

Dr. J. Lorand Matory (Professor of Anthropology, Harvard University)
The Many Who Dance in Me: Afro-Atlantic Ontology and the Problem with 'Transnationalism'

4:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. Coffee Break

4:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. Keynote Address

Dr. Toyin Falola (University Distinguished Professor & The Frances Higginbothom Nalle Centennial Professor of History, University of Texas-Austin)
Seven Ogun, Seven Offerings: Musing On Orisa Music, Dance and Modernity

5:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. Reception

6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. Orisa Music and Dance: Live Performance by Los Herederos


Akin 6:37 pm  


This should indeed be an interesting conference but with the version of Christianity many Nigerians have adopted which make our customs and traditions embedded in Orisas and folklore inherently evil if not demonic, it would get no audience.

We are fast becoming a people who only have a language that we cannot confidently pray in and have no understanding of what makes us what we are.

Our identity has become blandly Christian - an American export of an amalgam of a Judeo-Middle Eastern religion with pseudo-Western customs and modern interpretations.

I guess there are very few Yoruba who know the name of the month of February or March in Yoruba - that is how bad things have become.

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