The Orisa Community Development Corporation presents our 5th biennial Sacred Journey to Yorubaland August 12-26, 2017    Join the Orisa CDC for a culturally charged journey to Nigeria which will include events and visits to many cultural heritage sites including:  The Osun Festival in Osogbo The Obatala Shrine in Ile-Ife The Sango festival in Oyo […]

Written by Iyalorisa Amma Oloriwaa! | Edited by Darasia Selby-Adebisi | April 1, 2014 My good friend, artist kwenci jones, recently exclaimed “The Orisa tradition is a religion for artists!” The idea of art as an expression of worship is not at all far fetched when thought of in the context of African Traditional Religions […]

Join the Orisa CDC for a culturally charged trip to see some of the best traditional African dance companies in the world, all assembled on one stage. Also enjoy  the Dance Africa outdoor African Market, a global marketplace for African, African-American, and Caribbean arts, crafts, and food featuring over 200 vendors. Traveling from Philadelphia, this trip offers the enjoyment of fellowship with like-minded […]

For many people of African descent, repatriating to Africa is the stuff of legend and fantasy. For one young woman and her son, however, the dream has become reality and they are making big strides within their new home village. Orisa CDC affiliate Abena Feliciano and her son, Kofi, repatriated to Ghana holding the belief […]

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Join the Orisa CDC for an After Work Social Mixer! We had fun in Philly, now we’re bringing it back to NYC! Join us after work to unwind, meet other African-centered and culturally aware young professionals and learn more about the CDC and how to get involved. Friday, December 7, 2012  6 – 9 pm […]

At our Reading of the Year, The Orisa CDC was advised to commemorate Egun by playing Anya for deceased priests. As advised by Ifa, the ceremony is founded in the tradition of Honra and also Anya for Egun. On Saturday, August 18th, 2012, at the home of Joe Quinones, we played for Egun and also […]

  The Orisa Community Development Corporation Requests Your Presence at a Community Anya Egun Bembe Honoring Our Spiritual and National Ancestors   In Yorùbáland, every town or city has one or more Egungun masquerades. For the Lucumi, our tradition of Egun Bembe is usually for an individual to pay homage to his Orisa and/or family […]

By Iya Sauda Smith There is a Yoruba Proverb which states: “No matter how far the stream flows it never forgets its source.”  This seems to be the basic premise of the latest offering in Latino/Santeria fiction by Irete Lazo.  While this might be written as a woman’s journey to the sacred priesthood of “Ocha,” […]

Imagine getting a team of African healers to spend four years channeling spiritual energy to help you launch a documentary film! That’s what’s happening to film producer, James Weeks. His long anticipated film, Across the King’s River, which explores how African healing traditions intersect with science, is currently in production. Weeks will share the core […]