Candomblé song and dance
ACTA’s Apprenticeship Program in 2010 with apprentice Anìbal Mejia. Their apprenticeship focused on the songs and dances used to perform rituals and liturgy for O presente às aguas, or “the offering to waters,” a public ritual honoring life-giving water orixás. Anìbal also worked with Jorge in learning, documenting, and translating the Yoruba-based Candomblé songs, as well as deepening his skill in dance and song for each orixá.
Master Candomble drummer Jorge Alabê. Photo courtesy of Jorge Alabê