Hear ÌFÉ explore the seen and unseen worlds in Afro-Cuban spiritual traditions : World Cafe Words and Music Podcast As Otura Mun's connections to Afro-Cuban rhythms have deepened, so has his commitment to Afro-Cuban spiritual traditions. Hear a live performance.

ÌFÉ explores the distance between the seen and the unseen worlds

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Set List

  • "Fireflies"
  • "Fake Blood"
  • "The Tearer (Bembe)"

Today, our New Orleans Correspondent, Gwen Thompkins, hosts a session with ÌFÉ. Gwen says that, for years now, ÌFÉ has explored the distance between the seen and the unseen worlds. Between physical and spiritual. Light and dark. Life and death.

ÌFÉ's creative center is the drummer and songwriting producer Otura Mun. He's shaped ÌFÉ's sound based on his travels from Indiana to Puerto Rico, Cuba and now New Orleans. Otura Mun has also been inspired by his own religious faith. As his connections to Afro-Cuban rhythms have deepened, so has his commitment to Afro-Cuban spiritual traditions. ÌFÉ's new album is called 0000+0000 (pronounced Yay-koon May-yee) — a term from the Yoruban tradition in West Africa that means "birth of night and a fearless embrace of death."

In this session, we'll hear Gwen's conversation with Otura Mun and a live performance of songs from the album, starting with "Fireflies." Listen in the player above and watch the full performance via NPR Live Sessions.

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