In the Santeria religion, Elegua is the guardian of entrances, roads and paths. He is the first Orisha (Guardian Spirit) to be invoked in a ceremony and the last one to be bid farewell. He has to be first in anything, just like a spoiled child. The first rhythms of the drums belong to him. He must be petitioned before all the oracles. Orunmila is the one who communicates, but Elegua guards the paths of communication. It is he who acts as an intermediary between human beings and other Orishas.
These four outstanding musicians combine diversity of experience and varied influences. Sam Keever's piano works brilliantly with the hip rhythms of Hirst's bass, Fredes' Latin percussion and Barker's drums.
released November 1, 2002
Sam Keevers - Piano
Simon Barker - Drums
Brett Hirst - Bass
Javier Fredes - Percussion
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Recorded at ABC Studios, Melbourne, October 2001.
Recorded, mixed & masters by Mal Stanley.
Originally recorded for Jim McLeod's 'Jazztrack' on ABC Classic FM.
Jazztrack recording producer Mal Stanley.
Red Fish Blue would like to thanks the following for their love, support, guidance, inspirations: Mal Stanley, Kate Johnston, Junko Yoneda, Ria Hamblett, Yvonne Fredes, Christopher Fredes, John Clare, Jim Mcleod, Mike Nock, Barney McAll, Matt McMahon, Mickey Tucker, Jose Luis Quintana (Changuito), Pasculaito, Freddy, Javi's Cuban Family, Jacinto, The Fredes Family, Ella the Wonderdog, SIMA and our Aunty-the ABC.
Red Fish Blue respectfully acknowledges the Orishas Olodumare, Elegua and Oduduwa.
The Red Fish Blue arrangement of "elegua' was inspired by Jerry Gonzalez and the Fort Apache Band.
Sam Keevers was born in Mount Isa Queensland and began playing piano and cello at age nine. After finishing high school, Sam studied piano at the QLD Conservatorium of music and the Victorian College of the Arts (with Mickey Tucker).