Sung in Yoruba and Spanish, “Madres” is a musical prayer to two mother-figures in the Santeria religion: Yemaya and Ochun.
The former – associated with salt waters – is the primary source of life. The latter – associated with sweet and fresh waters – a goddess of fertility, feminity and beauty.
Drowned in dense percussive ambience and flavored with a drop of soul, the song is performed by Daymé Arocena, a talented Havana-native songstress who recently signed with Gilles Peterson’s Brownswood Recordings and is expected to release her debut album in the forthcoming months.
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