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Postby bongosnotbombs » Thu Jun 14, 2012 4:24 pm

My good friend who works at the famous City Lights bookstore has scheduled a perfomance by Carlos Aldama on bata in conjunstion with the release of Carlos' biography by Umi Vaughan. Carlos rarely performs for the public nowadays so this will be a special show.

For Immediate Release

Who: Carlos Aldama with Umi Vaughan

What: An evening of Music, Storytelling, and Discussion

Where: City Lights Bookstore, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco, California

When: Wednesday, June 20, 2012, 7:00 P.M.

Afro-Cuban master drummer Carlos Aldama will appear at City Lights with his student and co-author, Umi Vaughan, to celebrate the release of their collaborative book Carlos Aldama's Life in Bata: Cuba, Diaspora, and the Drum.

Dr. Vaughan will present the book, which follows Carlos' life from Havana to the East Bay and documents his experiences becoming and living as omo Añá : one sworn to drum. Readings and anecdotes will alternate with performances from the sacred repertoire of the bata drums by Carlos with accompanists.


Carlos Aldama has made significant contribution to the richness and livelihood of Afro-Cuban music and spiritual traditions. Born in Havana, he was a founding member of Conjunto Folklórico Nacional de Cuba, studying under its original musical director, Jesus Pérez (Oba Ilu), and later serving as musical director himself. He is omo Añá (sworn to the drum) and a priest of Changó in the Santería religion.

Umi Vaughan is an artist and anthropologist who explores dance, creates photographs and performances, and publishes about African Diaspora culture. He is also omo Añá and is a priest of Ochun in the Santería religion. He is Assistant Professor of Africana Studies at California State University, Monterey Bay, and author of Rebel Dance, Renegade Stance: Timba Music and Black Identity in Cuba.
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