Esplanade Presents

Dance | Workshop

Dances of the Santeria Tradition

Yemaya Folklore Group

1 May 2023, Mon, 1pm


(Intermission: None)

Esplanade Rehearsal Studio

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Join Yemaya Folklore Group for a workshop and demonstration of Santería's musical and dance traditions.


Through this workshop, participants will be introduced to Afro-Cuban percussion and its various drumming techniques and rhythm patterns, with some dance steps which are culturally significant to Santería.


With roots in slave history and oppression, Santería is a syncretic religion of the African Diaspora in Cuba. Based on the beliefs and traditions of the Yorubas, one of the first West African ethnic groups to be introduced to Christianity on a large scale, Santería is a fusion of the worship of semi-divine spirits or deities called orishas, with elements of Spanish Catholicism.


Music, chanting and dancing became central to worship, with percussion playing an especially vital role. Consecrated batá drums play interlocking rhythms, with each type of rhythm invoking different deities. Worshippers sing call-and-response songs in archaic Yoruba, led by the lead singer known as an apón, in an attempt to reach out to the spiritual world.


• Patrons who have registered will have priority entry to the venue.

• Patrons who have registered must arrive 5 mins before the start of the event to guarantee your admission.

• Patrons who have registered but are not at the venue 5 mins before the start will have their seats released to walk-in patrons on a first-come, first-served basis.

• Limited seats are available at the door.

• Seating will be assigned by Esplanade’s ushers.

Admission Age:
6 and above
Language: English
Things to Note:
Accessibility Advisory: We provide a range of access services and relaxed performances for patrons with access needs. For wheelchair-accessible seats, please call Esplanade Customer Experience at 6828 8377 for assistance. Concessions for Persons With Disabilities (PWDs) and up to one accompanying companion are available. | View our accessibility guide
Artist Information

Yemaya Folklore Group

Yemaya Folklore Group is a band that specialises in folk music from Cuba, while striving to introduce Afrocuban music to the world. The band started in 2014 in Singapore and comprises Lid Ferrera (vocals, percussion), Rony Martinez (vocals, percussion), Diosdado Hechavarria (percussion) and Pablo Calzado (vocals, percussion). The group features a huge variety of rhythms and styles from Afrocuban folklore that are all related to Santería, which is the main religion in Cuba and most parts of South America. 

Date & Time

1 May 2023, Mon


Esplanade Rehearsal Studio

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