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Workshops and Field Research in Matanzas, Cuba. Registration limited to 20 people. From Sunday, January 9 to Saturday, January 15, 2000. Professor Israel Moliner Castaneda and Jorge L. Rodriguez.

PROYECTO PALO MONTE is an educational collaboration between non-governmental agencies: Sociedad Antropologica de la Isla de Cuba, Kairos Christian Center for the Arts and Liturgy of the Iglesia Bautista de Matanzas, AfroCuban Research and Cultural Center and Stage Of The Arts, Inc. of Los Angeles.

December 3, 1872, Remigio Herrera (Adde China) iniciate the first Cuban babalao: Blas Cardenas, capataz of the cabildo lucumi of Matanzas. We will v isit the house of Adde¹s grandson: the 93 years old Rolando Teruel Cartaya, the keeper of the centenarian fundamento Oni Ila; of Chango; Remigio Herrera was the one to introduced the Bata drums in Cuba.

Study of the Yoruba, Arara, Bantu and Carabali drums

Introduction to the Yoruba/Nigeria drums. The Bata; drums: gathering with Bata; drum artisans and players as well as festivities and gathering with Bata; ritual players. Study of other Yoruba drums including: the Bembe drums, the Iyessa, the Guiros or Agwebes. Bata; master classes.

Introduction to the ewe-fong or arara drums of Cuba.

The Bantu Drums in Cuba. A visit to the house Congo Luanda in Jovellanos old town. Visit to the house Ganga Longowa in Perico. Introduction to the carabali drums in Cuba: Conga drums and the Abakua sacred drums; visit to the temple Uriabon in Matanzas City and the Cabildo Santa Teresa.

Gathering with the ritual group Olokum.


Register by mail or in person prior to Sunday, December 5, 2000. We need your name, passport number and a deposit of $700 USD (cash or checks only) fully refundable only if there is a trip cancellation on the part of Stage Of The Arts. Your deposit confirms your agreement with these terms and all information provided in this page. A payment of $115.00 should be received by Sunday, January 2nd, 1999.

Total Fees $1, 350.00 USD

Course Fees Include: Round trip airfare to/from La Habana, Cuba/Tijuana, Mexico (Aero Mexico). Six nights accommodation dormitory style at the Hotel Casa del Valle, located at the Yumuri valley (3km from the city of Matanzas or at the centrally located Kairos Christian Center for the Arts and Liturgy of the Iglesia Bautista de Matanzas (founded 1809) in hstoric downtown Matanzas, daily breakfast, snack, lunch and dinner, ground transportation, tuition and attendance at performances.

Visa and Travel Regulations to Cuba

You may be traveling to Cuba under a specific license from the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control, as a person traveling in connection with clearly defined educational or religious activities. Departure from Tijuana, Mexico will be on Saturday, January 8, 2000 at 4:20 p.m. You are responsible for your own visa arrangements. For visa and travel arrangements call: Adventure Tours And Travel (626) 395-7111 located at 110 South Rosemead Blvd. Suite "A", Pasadena, California 91107 (ask for PROYECTO PALO MONTE).

Academic Course Credit is not available for this special engagement.


There is a 30 mints. video documentary about the Proyecto Palo Monte available by sending a $18.00 check or money order payable to Stage Of The Arts, Inc. P.O.Box 266, Los Angeles, California 90026.


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