A powerfully progressive synthesis of electronic sound and Afro-Caribbean language, ÌFÉ is a bold new musical project from Puerto Rico based African American drummer/producer/singer Otura Mun. Mun, an Ifá priest or Babalawo in the Yoruba religion, has been a vanguard artist in the Puerto Rican music scene since his arrival there in the late 1990’s, producing critically acclaimed albums and songs for many of the islands most important musical voices.
ÌFÉ’s newest release, THE TEARER (Bembe) is a dark and twisting ode to sudden change, the night, the storm. Lead single from the group’s newest album, the song explores the energy of Oyá, the Yoruban goddess of storms and guardian of the cemetery gates. She brings the winds of change, reminding us that from chaos and destruction comes rebirth.
The album, titled “OOOO+OOOO” and pronounced “Oi Yekun MayYee” is a musical exploration of the second sign of the Ifá divination system, the female companion to “IIII+IIII,” ÌFÉ’s first album. This record and the first can be thought of as 2 opposing forces combining to create one body of work, each needing the other to express the larger narrative. With that relationship in mind, OOOO+OOOO is an ode to female energy, the night, our ancestors and the invisible world. A welcoming embrace of death as a crucial form of transformation. Here the music is more aggressive, more questioning, and with a more deeply rooted sense of ability, maturity. This is music for the night and all things that move in darkness and shadow.
Founder and Director: Otura Mun
Musicians: Beto Torrens, Enrique Serrano, Enrique Chavez, Yarimir Cabán
Dancer: Pia Love
CRITICAL PRAISE FOR ÌFÉ
“ÌFÉ fuses spiritual depth with dancehall influences… marrying the traditional with contemporary sounds to make something completely original.» «The music has a certain otherworldly quality that’ll resonate with even the most secular ear.” – NOISEY
“The Tearer (Bembe)” is far from folkloric. The steady but ever-varying beat mixes percussion, piano, synthesizer and quick hisses of white noise behind rapping, singing and, about halfway through, an Auto-Tuned woman’s voice leading a traditional-sounding call-and-response. (…) But what makes the track compelling is the beat” – The Playlist / Jon Pareles, The New York Times
“ÌFÉ’s Oya tribute is afro-house as truth-telling…. Musical marriages of old souls and new technology rarely get this deep or this earthy.” – AFROPUNK