Umbo (Come Down)

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Umbo (Come Down), is a musical invitation to the benevolent forces that be. Drawing from rhythms and incantations of sacred Yoruba praise songs, ÌFÉ calls out to those would would hear us in our times of need.

Keenly aware that our most potent gods, and loves, are first met dancing, and we take our plunges from there. Part celebration, part adoration, Umbo beckons us into that space between places, where we can let go and be brought to shore.

lyrics

Intro...
Prayer to Yemayá (Traditional)

Prayer to Olokun:
May May May Iré! 4X

Chorus:
Drop it to the sound...
Umbo, Come Down! Come Down, Come Down!
Only your love can turn mi round, Bring it to the ground!
Umbo, Come Down! Come Down, Come Down!
Night is gone but the day seems far away, I feel you all around
Way up! Come Down!

Verse 1:
Like a king to a throne
Every thought can be known
This life is my own, this ship can be flown

And this space can be known
In this space you alone
You and me together this love can be grown, long time mi ah know

These seeds we have sewn
Black seeds we have thrown
This knife can be honed, this day will be known

That crown is your own
In your heart you have known
Feel you all around when the waves come crashing down
Shake it to the sound

Chorus:
Umbo, Come Down! Come Down, Come Down!
Only your love can turn mi round, Bring it to the ground!
Umbo, Come Down! Come Down, Come Down!
Night is gone but the day seems far away, I feel you all around
Umbo, Come Down! Come Down, Come Down!
Only your love can turn mi round, Bring it back around!

Verse 2:

You are silver and gold
What a sight to behold
Press tight to me now this night can be cold

From the stars we were born
Like stars we have grown
Listen to me well, this prayer can be shown, this wish will be known

That dream is your own
These dreams we've been shown
One touch from your hand this house will be known.

That place is your home
From the start you have known
Feel you all around when the waves come crashing down
Drop it to the sound

Chorus:

Umbo, Come Down! Come Down, Come Down!
Only your love can turn mi round, Bring it back around!
Umbo, Come Down! Come Down, Come Down!
Night is gone but the day seems far away, I feel you all around
Umbo, Come Down! Come Down, Come Down!
Only your love can turn mi round, Bring it to the ground
Way up! Come Down!

Bridge:

May May May Iré! 8X
Iyá wo lo mi o! 8X!

Prayer song for Yemayá (Tradiional)....

End...

credits

released December 2, 2016
Written by M. Underwood for Discos Ifá (ASCAP)

Lead Vocals: Otura Mun and Yarimir Cabán
All Music Performed by ÌFÉ
Recorded at Taller ILÉ ÌFÉ // Santurce, Puerto Rico
Mixed by Stuart Sikes // Austin Texas
Mastered by Bob Macc // London UK
Artwork by Jakob Steen


ÌFÉ is...
Beto Torrens, Rafael Maya, Kathrine Cepeda,
Anthony Sierra, Yarimir Cabán, Jorvian Santana,
Walian Sànchez, and Otura Mun

SPECIAL THANKS TO MY TEACHER, GUIDE AND FRIEND EMILIO BARETTO!!
YOU MADE THIS TUNE SOAR!! GRACIAS MAESTRO!!! - Mun

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ÌFÉ San Juan, Puerto Rico

A powerful synthesis of electronic sound and afro-caribbean language, ÌFÉ is a bold new project from Puerto Rico based African American drummer/producer/singer Mark Underwood, aka Otura Roso Mun. Underwood, an Ifá priest in the Yoruba religion, has been a vanguard artist in the Puerto Rican music scene producing critically acclaimed albums and songs for many of PR's most important musical voices. ... more

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