ÌFÉ performs Bad Bunny’s “Estamos Bien” in a Rumba style while in quarantine at their studio ILÉ ÌFÉ in San Juan, Puerto Rico. The video features ÌFÉ producer and front man Otura Mun and the project’s newest voice, Lavoski.
“Before the quarantine Lavoski and I had been putting together a straight ahead Rumba project to sort of keep our chops up. She came into one of the rehearsals singing this song and I loved the way it sounded in Rumba. One thing led to the next and before we knew it we were all in quarantine at home and our rumba sessions at the house became impossible for the health reasons everyone is aware of at this point. After resisting several offers to play in virtual form I got an offer that made sense for us to do as a duet. So as I was thinking about what Lavoski and I could do together I remembered the Bad Bunny tune and suggested we put it together for fun. I pre-recorded all the conga and percussion parts myself at home and Lavoski and our good friend Andrea Beltran laid the background vocals at her house, then we got together to perform her lead vocal and my lead drum together. It was the first time I’d been near another human being in 4 months. This song and video was the closing number of our performance at IBA’s virtual Tito Puente Concert Series 2020. I know it was written with Hurricane Maria in mind, but I think it still strikes a nerve in this moment, maybe it always will in Puerto Rico or any place that’s taken a beating. Gracias Benito para este temazo.”- Awo Ni Orunmila Otura Mun
The entire 30 min performance can be seen in 4K video here
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
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
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