I/O - Stay Close 2 U
New York’s I/O returns with a beautiful new visual for “Stay Close 2 You.” The soulful, minimalist soundbed displays the singer-songwriter’s background in West African music with percussion through the Djembe drum, the first instrument he learned how to play. Through traditional dialect working as narration, South African-poet Lazarus Man relays a tale of an special lady friend who makes life experiences more bearable. She is called Ndongi Yamanzi, a woman symbolic to a water lily, who’s visually striking yet difficult to capture and preserve. The visual’s striking abstract black-and-white strokes are also reminiscent of exquisite mud cloth fabric.
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They are named Erzulie, Cousin Zaka, Ogoun Feray. They are the lwas in Creole language, the voodoo pantheon of spirits. They are bridges between humans and the Bondye, the Supreme Being viewed as inaccessible by Voodoo believers. Every July, thousands of Haitians take good luck baths in Saut d’Eau. There, catholics give thanks to the Virgin Mary. Voodoo believers bath in a fall to worship Erzulie, the voodoo spirit of love and motherly protector. Some enter into a trance. Candles are placed between the roots of huge trees honored as resting places of the lwas. In Plaine du Nord, Northern Haiti, catholic pilgrims celebrate Saint-Jacques-The Saviour and Voodoo believers Papa Ogoun Feray, the lwa of war. Founding spirit of the revolt of the slaves, Papa Ogoun Feray is praised for its power to fight poverty. His followers take mud baths in the Pool Saint-Jacques and kill in sacrifice red roosters and black bulls. With the faith renewed, they end their pilgrimage to the seaside city of Lemonade and purify their soul and body in the Atlantic waters.