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.