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A music CD and one-night song and dance performance of the musical will help explain the Santeria gods to those who think Ricky Ricardo invented "Babaloo!"
Sue McRoberts
Whittier, California
United States
1 Team Member

    The Orishas are tired of being misunderstood!

A music CD and single night song and dance performance of "The Orishas Are Coming to America" will help explain the Santeria gods to those who think Ricky Ricardo made up "Babaloo!"

Americans have been taught the wrong things - chicken sacrifices and voodoo dolls.  We're heavily schooled in Greek mythology, but no one bothers to point out the parallels between the myths, Christianity and Santeria.  Similarities between the world's great religions, such as creation by a triune God, are astounding when you think about it.  Indeed, some of the Afro-Cuban folk tales that are visually brought to life in "The Orishas are Coming..." have a familiar feel. 

Most Americans know an Orisha. They've heard "Babaloo" on "I Love Lucy," they just don't know that it refers to the Afro-Cuban demi-god of disease and healing. Each of us has an Orisha.  According to practictioners, one or two Orishas "own your head." 

Why we need the money 

We're asking for a lot because we'd like to do this correctly, colorfully and with professional promotion.  We ask the Santeria community, in fact everyone, to support our efforts to entertain and educate ordinary Americans.  Over the last ten years, we've sunk every extra penny we could into this project. It's time to ask for help.

For $7,500 we can have the draft CD remixed and mastered by music producer Hector Pineda.  He will hire musicians to replace midi tracks.  We need the music in written form.  We will design the CD package and print 2,000 copies.

A one-night show will be staged in the Los Angeles area, featuring Frances Tease, Xavier Calvera, "Ellegua" and eight dancers representing other Orishas. This bembe' (an Orisha party) will need bata drummers and refreshments.  With $16,700 we can rent the venue, pay the players, advertise, hire publicity, security and cleanup personnel, rent rehearsal space, purchase props, make costumes and build the "altar" set for the finale.

All tolled, that's $24,200.


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  • $25USD
    Hot Sauce Orisha

    A 3-piece crocheted cozy fits any 2 oz. bottle of hot sauce. Your choice of Eleggua or Chango. Turns naked glass into a cute little guy on your kitchen table. Handmade by Orisha Project supporters.

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  • $30USD
    Signed Orishas CD

    Both Frances Tease (singer) and Xavier Calvera (composer) will sign your CD

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  • $50USD
    Frances Tease albums

    You will receive signed copies of Frances' debut album, "I Knew It From Hello" and the Orisha CD.

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  • $75USD
    Xavier Calvera CDs

    A 4-CD set of Xavi Calvera music! You'll love the rock 'n' roll of "The Lord Tiger Sessions." 2009's "Pa Mi Cuba Me Voy," will make you dance and cry. Also included is "One Dark Dude," a pop vocal album by Calvera's alter ego - Elrod Geare. And, of course, "The Orishas Are Coming..." CD.

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  • $100USD
    CD, Tickets, Hot Sauce Orisha

    This package includes the Orisha CD, an 11 x 14 framable canvas print of the show logo and a pair of tickets to the one-night show in Los Angeles. You also receive the Hot Sauce Orisha of your choice: Eleggua or Chango?

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  • $500USD
    Tickets, Name, Canvas

    You get a full-sized, 22 x 28 canvas poster of the show logo, SIX tickets to the Los Angeles Bembe' and your name in the program as a substantial contributor.

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  • $1,000USD
    Executive Producer

    You get it all! Frances' CDs, Xavier's CDs, a 22 x 28 framable canvas poster of the show logo, your choice of Hot Sauce Orisha and your name in the program and online as Executive Producer.

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  • $5,000USD
    Home Concert/Orisha package

    We'll play for you anywhere in Southern California. Xavi and the Tiger and Frances Tease are possible acts. Or we can arrange a mini-version of "The Orishas Are Coming..." at your home or event. Included are the CD, four tickets to the bembe' and the Hot Sauce Orisha of your choice. (If you'd like this package outside the So Cal area, you would have to pay our transportation and lodging costs on top of the donation.)

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