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Songs dedicated to Eleguá Devotion to the Orisha opens roads!

Songs to Eleguá

Son Elegguá, my holy Elewa, my life Elewa, Maferefun the king of the roads

The law of my destiny, Red and black like red wine

Who opens the roads for me with his doodle

Gourd of brandy, tobacco smoke, dressed in a sack

Who lets me see when I'm opaque, Follow the steps, ask for health

And that it takes you away from the bad times.

This is how the popular Cuban group Orishas expresses its devotion to the deity that opens the roads in the Yoruba pantheon, the protective warrior and messenger of the Ocha, Eleguá.

Ode to Eleguá from the song and faith

And it is that Afro-Cuban music, recognized as the maximum cultural expression of this Island, synthesizes numerous African influences that were united and adapted to the Caribbean rhythms.

For this reason, it is natural to appreciate the ode to the Yoruba deities and the rhythms and sounds of African music in the compositions of Cuban songwriting.

In addition, instruments such as the harpsichord, the bongos or the tres are Afro-Cuban mixtures, in addition to the marímbula, which did come directly from Africa to remain in Cuban songs.

For this reason, we can perceive in the current songs of all kinds and in the hundreds of Cuban compositions that have made history, the drumming of the Lucumí liturgical ceremonies, the rhythms of congas or ñañigas and the recognition of African culture and religion.

There are many Cuban interpreters who have decided to sing with Afro-Cuban rhythms to Eleguá and thus express their devotion to one of the most important exponents of the Yoruba pantheon.

But… What does Eleguá represent in Santeria?

Eleguá opens roads
Eleguá is represented as a child and also as a warrior

Eleguá is the first protection, who opens the ways to continue in religion, so the uninitiated must receive or consecrate him as first.

He is the absolute owner of the roads and destiny and he is the one who closes or opens the astral for the happiness or unhappiness of human beings. 

Eleguá guides us until we reach our destination and opens the doors of luck and prosperity for us.

Eleguá also becomes a fearsome and fierce warrior when he joins Oggún and Oshosi, nothing stops him, since he is an Osha from Orisha Oddé's group, who are called Los Guerreros.

It is the orisha who lives in most cases behind the door, protecting from there the ilé (home) of the person who owns it.

5 Songs and songs for the Orisha of the roads:

Due to their immense powers, the devout artists and singers of the Regla de la Ocha (Santeria) have decided to offer the saint some of their most important compositions.

There are many songs that, over the years, have become popular as tributes to the Orisha who opens the roads, many of which have gained international fame.

Let's meet some of the most popular interpreters who have sung to Eleguá:

The group "Orishas" and their song for Eleguá and Shangó

Orishas is a Cuban hip hop group formed by four young people whose central idea is to mix traditional Cuban music and hip-hop, to this add an Afro-Cuban touch with mentions to certain members of the Yoruba pantheon and rhythms and compositions of the music. African.

The group gained national and international recognition and won audiences everywhere with their very Cuban songs, full signs of identity.

“A Lo Cubano” has been one of Orishas's most famous albums, and it helped to publicize Cuban culture and identity in many parts of the world.

Perhaps one of the most popular songs of Orishas is Canto para Eleguá y Changó, devised to highlight the powers of the Orisha who opens the roads and the King of Thunder and the drums.

Lyrics of the song «Canto a Eleguá and Shango«

This song is a sample of faith from the musical group "Orishas" and an offering to both deities:

Son Eleggua, my holy Elewa, my life Elewa

Maferefun the king of the roads, The law of my destiny

Red and black like red wine

Who opens the roads for me with his doodle

brandy gourd, tobacco smoke, sackcloth

Who lets me see when I'm opaque, Follow the steps, ask for health

And that it takes you away from the bad times,

I ask for the blessing to express my feelings

To 'what you ask, take it for granted

I do not profess, my philosophy when it comes to Echú

Maferefun Elegguá

I sing for Eleggua and for Chango

I really sing, I say it

What i say is what i think

What I think is what I feel

I sing for Eleggua and for Chango

I really sing

I like lightning I say crazy what I feel

My voice that roars like the wind

White and red I represent

Virtuous shag powerful like a bear

Very lazy, funny, fiery

Blessed Santa Barbara is your Chango

Guide your children like me on the right path

Give her the light lady of virtue

Strength, hope, trust in you, advance with your sword

My miko is as strong as the machete and Ogún

And they are as sweet as the melao of Ochún

I am an Orishas, ​​your mouth closes

Sent by Olofi to rule the Earth

I sing for Eleggua and for Chango x2

I really sing, I say it x2

What i say is what i think

What I think is what I feel

I sing for Eleggua and for Chango

I really sing

Tune for the Orishas

That I carry in my heart with love

I ask you to give me health and inspiration

And also the blessing

I pray for everyone who has faith

The same as for me, you see it

For the fool and the coward

May they never be here

Orishas arrives with his letter of the year underground

Those who have been traitors will not last a round

I am protected by nature

And with firmness, for the good ones I will donate my intelligence

May the fruit of patience be in your hands

Much work and suffering has cost the orishas

To be able to be in the place that they have earned

Although many times I stumble upon that one that grows,

of the one who dies, sometimes dozens of times

Sometimes it does not deserve what happens, even if you stress

For the Orishas, ​​their mouth does not grow

You will remember my voice, before you pray, before you pray, pray


Lázaro Ros and his tribute to Elegba, the first protection

They say that the eldest akpwon, Lazaro Ros, had made Oggún, and his saint's name was Osha Niwe.

Due to his way of singing and highlighting the Afro-Cuban tradition in his art, he has transcended as the greatest akpwon (singer) of lucumí and arará music in Cuba.

But not only his contributions were in the field of song, but he is the author of plays for theater: El Alafín de Oyó y Arará. He served as a professor at the National School of Art, the Higher Institute of Art and Folk Cuba.

He made several albums during his life dedicated to the most important members of the Yoruba pantheon. One of them is Canto a los Orishas, ​​made up of songs dedicated to:

  • Obatalá, Obba, Yewa, Iroco, Oya, Yemayá, Oshun, Olofi, Orula, Oggun, Elewa, Orishaoko, Babalú Ayé, Dadda, the twins Ibeyis, Shango and Aggayú Solá

CElina González and her song «The son of Eleguá«

Celina González, the successful Cuban singer and songwriter better known as the queen of the Cuban point, dedicated her career to highlighting in her compositions, the role of Afro-Cuban religion and culture from the Rule of Osha or Santeria.

From a very young age, Celina González was a sympathizer of the Afro-Cuban religion and told that the Catholic Virgin of Santa Bárbara appeared to her, syncretized in the Regla de la Ocha with the great warrior Chango, owner of fire, thunder, lightning and drums, to tell him that he would succeed in his artistic career if he dedicated songs of praise to him.

This is how the famous song to Santa Bárbara or "¡Que viva Changó!" with Reutilio her husband.

And he also dedicated many other songs to the Yoruba pantheon such as "La reina del mar" dedicated to Yemayá and the Virgin of Regla, and "A la Caridad del Cobre" the patron saint of Cuba, as well as exponents of other authors such as "Black tears" and "They had me tied up with P".

Lyrics of "The son of Eleguá" by Celina:

To Eleguá, owner of the roads, Celina dedicated "The son of Eleguá", a song that expresses the faith of the devotees in the warrior Orisha:

I am the son of Eleggua, I work with Oggún

I am the handsome black Chambele

That I break stone with my feet

They call me the mountain breaker, They tell me the invader

I am the good little black, The son of the Savior

Chamberel, Chamberel, Chamberel, Chamberel
I work beautifully in the baconu
Sarayeyeo in the baconu
That I overcome the bad in baconu
Sarayeyeo in the baconu
I work in candela in the baconú
Moyubba Eleggua
Moyubba Oshosi
Moyubba oggun

Mercedita Valdés and her songs to little Elegguá

The great Merceditas Valdés, whose father in the saint was Shangó, and her saint's name was Okan Tomi, is still known as the Little Aché of Cuba, as the anthropologist Fernando Ortiz called her.

He won first prize in the Supreme Court of Art, with the works Babalú, by Margarita Lecuona, La negra Merced, by Ernesto Lecuona, and El churrero, all important exponents of the Afro-Cuban musical mix.

He was a member of the groups Yoruba Andabo, Los Amigos, ORU, directed by the composer and guitarist Sergio Vitier, with whom he traveled to Spain in 1988.aña and Canada

Among his most popular songs is “A Eleguá”, an ode to the Orisha that opens the roads. They also stand out among their songs dedicated to worshiping the warrior of the Ocha:

  • Invocation to Eleguá and Chango
  • Elegua, the boy from Atocha
  • There is no Orisha like Elegua
  • Yoruba song to Elegua

Celia Cruz and her Greetings to Eleguá!

Celia Caridad Cruz Alfonso, or Celia Cruz, was born on October 21, 1925 and began singing at a very young age on the Havana station Radio García-Serra in the well-known “Tea Time”.

A few years later she was recognized as La Reina de la Salsa y la Guarachera de Cuba, always highlighting the Afro-Cuban culture with her lyrics.

With the Mulatas de Fuego, and on Radio Cadena Suaritos, he performed Yoruba choirs and batá rhythms, reaffirming the place of Afro-Cuban music.

Celia sang popular songs like Quimbara, Burundanga, life is a Carnival and La Negra has tumbao, and made the very Cuban phrase "Azúcar" famous worldwide.

The also called Queen of Salsa, passed away on July 16, 2003 at 78 years of age, leaving a repertoire that highlighted the true Cuban identity.

Celia Cruz dedicated several of her songs to Eleguá, such as “Eleguá” and “Eleguá wants Tambó”. But the most famous is "Saludo a Eleguá", in which he showed the best way to address the warrior who owns the roads.

Celia Cruz song lyrics: Salute to Eleguá

With three touches on the ground, The salute to Eleguá is made

To open the door, That the week starts now

Eleguá, divine warrior, That paves the way

And with the one who always, always, You have to count

Eleguá, little giant, Standing on the corner

Looking for toys, Sweets and something else

Eleguá, God's preferred, Spoiled child

That without your permission, Can't walk

Before you, Eleguá, We all ask

Three touches we give

And you answer us, really

Before you Eleguá, We all salute

We thank you, Candy and toys and something else

Eleguá (laroye) x3

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