1. 01 Elegua 0:31
  2. 02 Ogun 0:31
  3. 03 Ochosi 0:36
  4. 04 Inle 0:31
  5. 05 Babaluaye 0:30
  6. 06 Osain 0:17
  7. 07 Orisha Oko 0:20
  8. 08 Orula 0:16
  9. 09 Agayu 0:32
  10. 10 Chango (Aluya Piti Aro) 0:36
  11. 11 Obatala 0:32
  12. 12 Yewa 0:19
  13. 13 Obba 0:31
  14. 14 Oya 0:31
  15. 15 Ochun 0:34
  16. 16 Yemaya La Meta de Chango 0:34

Reviews & Testimonials

El Lenguaje del Tambor is one of the most detailed instructional tools I have seen. Great care has been taken to show both the ensemble and individual performances of all the rhythms in the Oro Seco from all angles. It gives the student the opportunity to learn each drum at their leisure and then fit it into the group. The transcriptions in "Bata Rhythms from Matanzas, Cuba" provide a clear written counterpart to the visuals of the drummers and clarify where Daniel Alfonso places the rhythms against the pulse timeline.John Amira

The importance of this DVD cannot be overstated in my opinion, precisely because it introduces us to the “other” style of bata drumming, the one that is located in the folkloric cradle of the country—the province of Matanzas. Here we find a totally different sound, one in which the rhythms are just as extensive and complex as in La Habana, but in some ways more challenging to play, because the techniques include additional sounds and physical requirements.Michael Spiro

Produced with imagination, savvy and skill by a formidable team of Cuban and American musicians and film makers, "El Lenguaje del Tambor: Bata Rhythms and Techniques from Matanzas, Cuba" (2 DVDs) and its accompanying book of musical transcriptions…is the best distance learning package of its kind I have seen.Amanda Vincent

Historically speaking, this work will forever stand as a precise documentation of the Matanzas-style Oru Seco at the dawn of the 21st Century. Its significance is on par with the 1950 Havana-style Oro Seco transcriptions of Fernando Ortiz.David Peñalosa

There is no other production available anywhere which details bata drumming with the depth and breadth of El Lenguaje de Tambor. The five (5) total hours of video, both performance and interviews, comprise much more than just a Master Class of playing the bata. This is truly a historical work which will take its place among the few masterpieces within the study of Afro-Cuban drumming and religion.Chuck Silverman

This DVD is a true labor of love. Any student of bata drumming (at least here in the States) knows that information on the Matanzas style is by far the hardest to come by. Well, consider this a major breakthrough in bringing this beautiful, profound and funky drumming style to the rest of the world. The production is top notch, the format is exceptional, and most importantly this DVD's got some soul!Mark Merella

The centerpiece of the DVD, other than the religion and the music itself, is omo anya and ocha priest Daniel Alfonso Herrera. Señor Alfonso presents this complex subject with authority, simplicity and clarity. He also speaks to the inner nature of bata drumming and the orisha in terms I have not encountered before.Peter Dunbar

The technique for each drum is clearly explained and each rhythm is broken down into individual parts (with an achere playing the pulse! Very important for me as a beginner batalero!)Alan McCulloch

To watch these drummers play, with none of the affectations commonly found in highly skilled musicians, is a privilege. To hear them speak of Aña, and then play afterwards in the language demonstration, nearly brought me to tears….In my opinion, the word "master" is tossed about rather freely these days but in this case it is clearly an understatement…Dante Mejia

Release Details


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El Lenguaje del Tambor: El Oro Seco Audio includes the complete oro seco as played in the Cabildo de Santa Teresa in Matanzas. The audio has been extracted from Disc 1 of the El Lenguaje del Tambor DVD, and is meant to serve as an audio reinforcement of those visual tracks for drumming students as well as a complete oro seco for other admirers of this music.

Track Listing
  1. Elegua (Latopa, Abukenke)
  2. Ogun
  3. Ochosi
  4. Inle
  5. Babaluaye
  6. Osain
  7. Orishaoko
  8. Orula
  9. Agayu
  10. Chango (Aluya, Piti Aro)
  11. Obatala
  12. Yewa
  13. Obba
  14. Oya
  15. Ochun
  16. Olokun & Yemaya, with La Meta de Chango

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El Lenguaje del Tambor: El Oro Seco Audio

El Lenguaje del Tambor: El Oro Seco Audio includes the complete oro seco as played in the Cabildo de Santa Teresa in Matanzas.