Ilé Aiyé (1989)

Genres - Culture & Society, Music  |   Sub-Genres - Anthropology, Instrumental Music, Religions & Belief Systems, Social History  |   Run Time - 51 min.  |  
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Musician and filmmaker David Byrne travels to the Bahia region of Brazil to explore the African Spirit Cult of the Candomblè in this impressionistic documentary that seeks to explore the ways in which the Candomblè have influenced Brazilian culture. As the rhythms of sacred drums and bells permeate the music, art, dance, religion, and poetry of the people, the divination rites of the Candomblè invite Orishás (deities) to visit the living and bless the planet. In addition to offering authentic ritual music recorded during actual Candomblè ceremonies, this release also features music performed by Byrne in collaboration with a variety of Brazilian musicians.



Africa, Brazil, ceremony, costume, cultural-traditions, dance [art], divination, drums, gods, music, religion, ritual, sacred, spiritual, symbolism, trance, worship [religious]