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London Lucumi Choir

The London Lucumi Choir is the FIRST Non Audition community choir of it’s kind, mainly singing Songs dedicated to Orisha, African deities worshipped across the Diaspora, accompanied by Bata Drums. 

The London Lucumi Choir was formed in Dec 06 by Afro Cuban Singer Extraordinaire Martha Galarraga (oni Chango) and Musician Daniela Rosselson de Armas(omo Ochun) and assited by Dave Pattman ( Omo Anya) after many years of running voice workshops dedicated to singing songs for the Orisha.(Yoruba deities) It is the first non audition choir of its kind welcoming members regardless of age. We have members aged 15 to over 60 from all walks of life. The choir sings songs to the Orisha accompanied by traditional Bata Drums and occasionally other Afro-Cuban Genres, but with original arrangements by MD Daniela, percussion directed by Javier Campos Martinez. In it’s short life the Lucumi Choir were category finalists 2008 at BBC Radio three Choir Competition of the Year, opened for Eliades Ochoa at London’s premier venue, the Barbican. They also have played at the Open Rehearsal initiative and Voice Lab presents at the South Bank; and also played alongside established bands such as Yoruba Andabo at the Barbican 50 celebrations. They have performed over the summer at many a summer festival and also have performed on Radio London and Ben TV. Recently they received funding to perform an original piece composed by Juwon Ogungbe and they secured more funding to perform with the Union Dance Company by the BBC Choral Ambition Fund; Last year they launched their first CD which has had rave reviews in Songlines and were also nominated for the Songlines World Music Awards. They have come second place in the Lukas Awards also. THey have performed several times at Rich Mix, and have performed at the Brandenburg Choir festival and the second Soas Interfaith Music Festival. They have sung live on Radio ( with Deejay Ritu’s World IN London and Callum’s Movimientos program on Soas Radio. They are about to support the amazing CONCHA BUIKA at this year’s LA LINEA festival. The Choir has also recently been joined by ex Yoruba Andabo singer “Gerardo”.Please enjoy the photos and videos on this page.

Community Choir, non audition, open to all, singing Songs from the Orisha spiritual tradition and other Afro Cuban Genres, accompanied by percussion.

Band Interests

We enjoy getting together to sing and dance, and laugh and learn and share every week and we enjoy also doing the occasional gig and making people feel happy about listening to us.