Alaako Oso

by Amma McKen

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released June 4, 2007

Amma holds several roles and titles in Yoruba, including the title of Akpon, a lead singer and officiator for the drumming and dancing celebrations. Akpon is a title held by very few people and is critical to keeping the tradition in place. Amma became the first African American female Akpon to produce a musical recording of the traditional songs, titled Alaako Oso: Owner of the Songs is Eloquent. Amma is the director and co-founder of Omiyesa, a cultural music group located in New York, where she offers a wide range of apprenticeships, workshops, and lecture-demonstrations in Afro-Cuban and Orisa songs, dance, and music. In 1998, she collaborated with the African American Dance Ensemble, directed by Chuck Davis, and the Carolina Theater to stage the well-received production Cultural Journey Back to the Roots.
Sought after to lead Bembes (dancing celebrations) throughout the U.S. and the Caribbean she preserves the traditional songs of Yoruba and helps participants connect with the history and spiritual context of the tradition.
Print and discography
Alaako Oso: Owner of the Songs is Eloquent: Mcken, Amma
2007, Nusori Productions
Orin Orisa: songs for Selected Heads: Mason, John, 1992
Brooklyn, New York: Yoruba Theological Archministry
Santisimo: Barreto, Emilio
1996, Luz Productions
Spirit Rhythms: Sacred Drumming & Chants from Cuba: Puntilla, Orlando Rios
1996, Wonderground Oz.
Bembe: Cardona, Milton
1985, American Clave.

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Amma McKen New York, New York

Amma became the first African American female Akpon to produce a musical recording of the traditional songs, titled Alaako Oso: Owner of the Songs is Eloquent. Sought after to lead Bembes throughout the U.S. and the Caribbean she preserves the traditional songs of Yoruba and helps participants connect with the history and spiritual context of the tradition. ... more

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