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Santería ceremonies traditionally make use of hourglass-shaped batá drums.
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January 7, 2015 Santería ceremonies are for calling out to the spiritual world, and that spiritual connection is made through music. Felix Contreras explores how some sacred beats made a secular crossover.
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John Santos leads his sextet at the 2011 Monterey Jazz Festival.
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September 21, 2011 There's an political edge to the Latin jazz percussionist's latest recording, Filosofía Caribeña, Vol. 1: It's designed as a commentary on Afro-Latino history. He played that material with a tight band, featuring the aggressive rapper Rico Pabón.
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