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Screenshot_2019-10-25 How ÌFÉ’s Electro-Jazz Fusions Tap Into the Afro-Caribbean Divine WEB

Many thanks to Jhoni Jackson and the folks at Rolling Stone U.S. for this chance to sit down and talk shop on this new single. Check out their interview here!

Screenshot_2019-10-25 Pan Caliente Track Premiere ÌFÉ 'Voodoo Economics WEB

Huge thanks to José Galván and the folks at KCRW for premiering our new song “VOODOO ECONOMICS (WolfMan)”. I’m a huge KCRW fan so this was an enormous honor. Check out their piece here! VOODOO ECONOMICS (WolfMan) is now available on all platforms and in our webstore. Aché bogbo Eggun!!!

“VOODOO ECONOMICS (WolfMan), the second single off of ÌFÉ’s forthcoming sophomore album moves as a modern day funeral song, written as a lament for Adolf Wolfgang Siemon-Otero, a beloved friend and musician gunned down in the streets of San Juan Puerto Rico, the target of a drug trafficking dispute. The song, built around sacred Afro Cuban Bata rhythms and prayers plays a powerful procession, honoring those that have fallen while stirring up a cache of questions, principally among them, why do we want so badly to be rich? And what does right and wrong ultimately mean in a society that judges us more on our outcomes than our methods?” – Otura Mun

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The first single off our upcoming record got a premier at the mighty AFROPUNK yesterday! Check their article here! Very excited to have this new song out in the street. THE TEARER (Bembe) is an ode to Oyá, the goddess of storms, keeper of the cemetery gates, mother of 9.

The video was edited by your’s truly, my first attempt at working at the controls. Huge thanks to Enrique Justicia Ferrer for the 3D graphics at the beginning. He nailed that X-Men intro!! Definitely wanna thank my folks at Sensory Percussion and LP Percussion. The tools these folks are giving me is making all the difference on this new record! Check the video below, it’s now available on all digital platforms as well. If you wanna support “big time” you can purchase the single via our Bandcamp site here. Enjoy!!! – Otura Mun

Caught up with the folks from Rolling Stone during our recent trip to Bogotá. So grateful for the opportunity to share this story! – Mun

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Debut album IIII+IIII now available on:
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Physical CD Versions at:
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IIII+IIII, pronounced “Edgy-Og-Beh” is the title of the nine song debut album from Puerto Rico’s critically acclaimed electronic ensemble, ÌFÉ. Headed by San Juan based African American Otura Mun, himself a Babalawo or high priest in the Yoruban religion, ÌFÉ has captured the imagination and ears of the international community since releasing its first two singles, 3 Mujeres (Iború Iboya Ibosheshé) and House of Love (Ogbe Yekun). Now, following successful European and North American tours, ÌFÉ releases its first full length musical offering, a 45 minute opening ceremony that seems equal parts blessing, adoration, and manifesto.

From its opening track to its closing prayer the album conveys a deep sense of spiritual intent, a sureness in its voice and purpose that is both brave and bold while maintaining the vulnerability and unsureness that the most intimate and honest of conversations always require. It’s been clear from the beginning that ÌFÉ is in a space uniquely its own. From the way in which the music is conceived, a live electronic performance, no programming, to its component parts, Cuban Rumba, Sacred Yoruba praise songs, Jamaican Dancehall, and American R&B, to the way it moves seamlessly from English to Spanish to Yoruba, the music is wilfully out of genre, yet focused and clear in a way that makes its newness seem rare, compelling. Serene and floating at times, determined, erotic, and raw at others, the music is as improbable as it is natural, a youthful knowing sound, aware of the weight of its voice, the ground that’s been traveled, and the urgency and uncompromising fierceness needed to meet the day.

TRACKLIST
01 PRELUDIO (Ejiogbe)
02 BANGAH (Pico y Palo)
03 YUMAVISION
04 UMBO (Come Down)
05 HOUSE OF LOVE (Ogbe Yekun)
06 3 MUJERES (Iború Iboya Ibosheshé)
07 PRAYER FOR ODUDUWA (Para Merceditas)
08 HIGHER LOVE
09 YARI GEMINI (Beyi La)