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Roman Diaz presents Encuentro. Moyuba ancestral.

Cover of Roman's Wemilere album, which he 
produced and arranged.
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Oriki - 8/07 - Roman Diaz

oriki es poesia.. sentimiento que no conoce.... el limite de la silaba...
oriki es brisa que viene del mar ... y baila con la ceiba del parque trillo...
oriki es el pregon del componedor de batea.... que mezcla su voz a suyeres de viejos cantos africanos...
oriki es el vals que danza san jose ... san miguel... y el dios neptuno...
oriki es recinto sagrado pluma...baketa ...y ashe

Introduction.” by Ivor Miller - Special Issue. Contours: A Journal of the African Diaspora, based on a conference with Roman Diaz' group Omi Odara, 2003

Abakuá  website up: Enyenison Enkama, Africa Speaks, with Angel Guerrero, Roman Diaz, and Pedro Martinez.

'Roman' Díaz 

Formerly of Yoruba Andabo, percussionist Roman Diaz has released several CDs. 

Román Díaz Rumba Ensemble  [scroll down to Román Díaz]  3/26/2020 UMASS, Amherst: "Master percussionist, scholar, and composer Román Díaz is regarded as a “living repository” of Afro Cuban music. As a member of the seminal rumba ensemble Yoruba Andabo and mentored by the great Pancho Quinto, he aided in the creation of the sound that has defined rumba since the 1980's. His mastery of Batá along with his rock solid groove on congas is present on countless recordings worldwide. His ensemble gives a profound and unforgettable cultural experience, presenting its own unique repertoire with a broad and deep sound that draws upon its tradition, and all the stations along the evolutionary journey of Afro-Cuban music."

The Gallery below is a sample of images from performances by 'Roman' Díaz, master percussionist from Havana, Cuba now in NY. See his CV.




Below: Díaz on bonko and lead voice during the Ekpe/ Abakua  encounter, Brooklyn, NY 2001. To his left is José  “Pepe” Hernández, Ísue of Efori Nandibá Mosongo.

Cuba and Central Africa, 7/23/09, Caribbean Culture Center, NY

Caribbean Cultural Center, New York


All lectures will be held at the Caribbean Cultural Center
6:30 pm – 8:30 pm – Refreshments will be served
Admission: $10 Members - $12 General Public - Seniors & Students $8


Make the direct connections between Central African musical traditions and those that traveled to Cuba and the United States with presentations by:

  • Lubangi Muniania, is an African Art educator and producer focusing on the visual and performing arts of Africa.
  • Dr. Ivor Miller, author of Voice of the Leopard: African Secret Societies and Cuba (2009). Ekpe ambassador to Cuban Abakuá.
  • Roman Díaz, Percussionist, formerly with Yoruba Andabo of Havana, and member of the new Project Ecobio Enyenison (2009).

    Moderated by Dr. Marta Moreno Vega

    408 West 58th
    New York, NY 10009
    (Between 9th and 10 Avenues)
    (212) 307-7420

<==  Kingdom of Kongo 1670s with musicians. One of the earliest images from the Kongo.


Pedro Martínez & Roman Diaz
The Routes Of Rumba / Rumbos De La Rumba, 2009


See Roman Diaz, Pedrito Martinez, many others in 2009 Photo Gallery


Editor's Pick (Descarga)

The real rumba is a miraculous and beautiful Afro-Cuban cultural and religious manifestation that is rarely captured on recording in all its sonic glory. Notable historic recordings of rumba include albums by Patato and Totico, Los Muñequitos, Los Papines, Alberto Zayas, Clave y Guaguancó, Yoruba Andabo, and Festival In Havana by Ignacio Piñero. Now the incredibly talented Pedro Martínez and Román Díaz have joined the pantheon with the best Afro-Cuban rumba recording in recent memory. What makes The Routes of Rumba stand out from the rest is that it is a “concept album” that takes the listener through the entire rumba experience, from the emotional to the physical, from the sacred to the profane. There are moments on this CD where you will go into a trance, and others where you want to get up and dance.

The depth of vision this brilliant approach to rumba represents is due of course to the fabulous duo of Martínez and Díaz (and their guest Alfredo Díaz “Pescao”), but also to the project’s producer, Berta Jottar, PhD. Dr. Jottar, who is a professor of Latino/a Studies at Williams College, asked Pedrito and Román to interpret rumba’s deep conceptual elements, tracing an arc from Africa to Havana to NYC and beyond, with each track clearly dedicated to different “psychic spaces” in the Diaspora. Jottar also put together a beautiful art piece for the cover. The clarity of sound, which makes you feel like you are a part of the rhythm and voices, is courtesy of Kamilo Kratc, the genius engineer on La Excelencia’s new album. Liner notes enhance the project as well. A bonus interactive media component lets you experience each drum sound independently, and there is a video of an acappella percussion duet that is great fun. Whether you are just getting to know rumba, wish to enlighten yourself about the Afro-Cuban roots of Latin music, or are a serious student of the drum, this is the CD. Very highly recommended. (Pablo Yglesias, 2009-05-19)



Patato Memorial at St. Peter's Church-RUMBA

Patato Memorial at St. Peter's Church-Manteca


ENYENISON ENKAMA, titulo de dos numeros de musica ABAKUA grabado por el grupo YORUBA ANDABO, los cuales fueron utilizados por el doctor IVOR MILLER en su trabajo investigativo sobre la cultura CARABALI, los temas aquÌ recogidos junto a otras grabaciones de grandes exponentes de la musica cubana como Ignacio Piñeiro, Arsenio, Mongo, Los Muñequitos de Matanzas y el reciente Ibiono, entre otros, fueron entendidos por los maestros del Calabar, estableciendose asi una comunicacion, a traves de conferencias y festivales , estos eventos son de caracter netamente cultural y didactico. Queremos con el mayor respeto, informar que el trabajo que estamos realizando en este campo no comprende lo relacionado a Ceremonias de Caracter Secreto, y mucho menos Conversaciones de Protocolos, nosotros ENYENISON ENKAMA solo hacemos MUSICA. Muchas gracias; continuara . . .

La MODESTIA ES UNA VIRTUD PERO DEMASIADA PUEDE RESULTAR HIPOCRITA, y basandome en ese pensamiento, voy a manifestar la gran satisfaccion por los resultados alcanzados en nuestra colaboracion con el doctor IVOR MILLER, manifiesto mi
agradecimiento a mi padrino de la religion abakua JOSE FERNANDES ALMENDARIS “PITO EL GAGO,” el fue quien puso en mis manos las letras de los numeros grabados por YORUBA ANDABO a quien tambien agradezco por haberme dado la oportunidad de ESTUDIAR EN SU GRAN ESCUELA, agradecimientos a el hermano ALEX JOMARON productor de WEMILERE, Èl una vez mas nos mostro su confianza y apoyo en la reciente presentacion del proyecto ENYENISON ENKAMA junto a MUSICOS EKPES en PARIS, sin mas mis agradecimientos a todos, continuaremos estudiando y disfrutando el maravilloso mundo artÌstico de nuestra antiguas tradiciones ,,,
gracias y ASHE; continuara . . .


Harlem Stage - 11/2/07

Produced by Neyda Martinez & Onel Mulet

Fri., 11/2, 7:30 PM
Master percussionist Roman Diaz, vocal sensation Bobi Cespedes and acclaimed arranger/pianist Oriente Lopez pay homage to Cuba’s musical traditions, while NYC’s LaTasha Natasha Diggs, Habana’s DJ Asho, Ariel Fernandez Diaz, MC Mikki Flow and more carry us into the future with Cuba/NY Hip-Hop Now 


NY Folklore Society - 11/2/07

Voices of Belief: Folklore and the Sacred Arts
November 2-4, 2007
Cunneen Hackett Arts Center*
Poughkeepsie, New York
Cost: $65 Members, $80 Non-Members

1:30 - 3:30 p.m. Sacred Song
Dr. Tom Van Buren, Moderator
Participants: Dr. Ivor Miller and Roman Díaz, Cuban/Yoruba Abakuá tradition; Ray Watkins, “Spirit of Unity” Gospel Choir; Preetha Natesam, Hindu Samaj Temple, Carnatic Song; and Sruli Dresdner, Lisa Mayer, and Michael Alpert, the Jewish Singing Table tradition




right to left: Chekere: Luis Medina; next: "Kikirito"; José Fernando 
Almendares "Pito el Gago", Roman Díaz - Havana, Cuba, 1984

Díaz on quinto, participating in a Havana comparsa during carnival 1983
with the group los Marqueses de Atares, who are the subject of a film by
Gloria Rolando.
With Yoruba Andabo in Colombia, early '90s, Roman is in the middle on Iya. At right is Mario Garcia Arango.
With Yoruba Andabo in Colombia, early '90s, Roman is on the right, Pancho Quinto at left.
Xiomara Rodriguez, left, Díaz, right.

Poster from a film in the USA on la Esquina Habanera, 2004


Leading rumba players from Havana visit the USA.  Left to right,  Lazaro Rizo; ‘Goyo’ Hernandez, Miguel Chappotin from Yoruba Andabo (nephew of Felix Chapottin), Roman Díaz; ‘Maximino'; David Oquendo; Sergio; Amado de Jesus. At Esquina Habanera, New Jerseytop

Cuban master rumba players performing in New York City, playing Abakua. Left to right: 'Goyo' Hernandez, Roman Díaz on bonko, 'Maximino', Pedrito Martinez, Miguel Chappotin, Juan de Dios (Director of Raices Profundas)

At the Ogun temple, Ile Axe Opo Afonja, Salvador, Bahia, Brazil. Left to right: 'Pupi', Filberto Armenteros, Diego Lopez, Roman Dí

Cuban mask at the first Ekpe/Abakua encounter. Brooklyn, NY,


Ekpe/Abakua encounter, Brooklyn, NY 2001. Left to right: David Oquendo, 
Roman Díaz, José “Pepe” Hernández (Ísue of Efori Nandibá Mosongo), Vicente Sanchez.

Photographs of Roman Diaz in Calabar, Nigeria

Román Díaz Curriculum Vitae

“Quizá lo mejor que ha grabado Yoruba Andabo está reunido en el disco El callejón de los rumberos, del sello PM Records, de Barcelona . . . no se pierda una estupenda marcha Abakuá titulada Enyenisón Enkamá (África habla), un arreglo de Ogduardo Díaz Anaya, sorprendentemente bien cantado por Román (uno de sus mejores tamboreros.). Tony Évora. Música Cubana: los últimos 50 años. 2003, Madrid: Alianza Editorial. p. 110. 

Percusionista, Cuba:

La comparsa Los Marqueses de Atarés. La Habana. 1983-86.

La comparsa Componedores de Batea. La Habana. 1983-86.

Escuela Nacional de Instructores de Arte. La Habana. 1983-86.

Grupo Raíces Profundas. La Habana. 1984-86. Juan de Díos, director.

Grupo “T con E”. La Habana. 1986-88. Lázaro Valdés, director.
Actuaciones en Panamá; Madrid y Baraja, España; Peru.

Orquesta Sublime. La Habana. 1988-89.

Grupo Yoruba Andabo. La Habana. 1989-1995. 
Actuaciones en Bogota, Colombia; Toronto, Canadá.

Grupo Añakí. La Habana. 1995. “Pancho Quinto,” director.

Percusionista, Europa: 

Zurich, Swizterland.
Escuela de percusión de Zurich de Billy ‘Cotún’. 1995. 

Paris, France. 
Escuela de percusión privada. 1995. 

Ekpe-Abakuá encuentro en Paris, 2007. Musée Quai Branly. 

Percussionist, United States of America:

“Domingos de Rumba,” Esquina Habanera, Union City, New Jersey. 1999-2003
David Oquendo, director.

Colaboración de disco con Horacio ‘El Negro’ Hernández, director. New York City, 2000.

Grupo “Omi Odara.” ‘Román Díaz, director. Lecture demonstration con Dr. Ivor Miller. Amherst College, Amherst, MA. April 2002. Funded by the Georges Lurcy Lecture Series Fund and the Willis D. Wood Fund, Amherst College.

Grupo “Omi Odara.” ‘Román Díaz, director. Lecture demonstration con Dr. Ivor Miller. The Bildner Center for Cuban Studies, CUNY Graduate Center, New York City. March 2002.

Grupo “Omi Odara.” ‘Román Díaz, director. Lecture demonstration con Dr. Ivor Miller. African Studies, Columbia University, New York City. February 2002.

Colaboración con Juan-Carlos Formell. New York City, 2003. “Misión Cubana.” Club Jazz Standard, Manhattan. 

Grupo “Omi Odara.” ‘Román Díaz, director. Lecture demonstration con Dr. Ivor Miller. A multi-disciplinary conference. April 2003. DePaul University, Chicago. Sponsored by the City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs.

Lecture demonstration con Dr. Ivor Miller. Román Díaz, cantante. Black Studies: Methodology, Pedagogy, and Research. Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture. New York Public Library, February 2003.

International Festival of Yoruba Culture. San Salvador de Bahia, Brazil. 2004. 

International Ekpe Festival. Calabar, Nigeria. December 2004. Colaboración con Dr. Ivor Miller. Sponsored by the Department of Tourism of Cross River State. Donald Duke, Governor.

Colaboración con Oriente López, pianista. Garden City, New Jersey. 2004.

Colaboración con percusionista Giovanni Hidalgo, cantante Marlon Simón, saxofonista Paquito D’Rivera. Philadelphia, 2004.

Colaboración con Paquito D’Rivera, director. “Obra Panamericana.” 2004. New York City; Newark, NJ.

Grupo “Omi Odara.” Lincoln Center, New York City. Román Díaz, director. August 2003. August 2005.

Latin Percussion representative. 2001. 2005.

“Noches Cubanas.” World Music Institute, New York University. April 2005. Con Candido Camero, ‘Chocolate’ Armenteros; Orlando ‘Punilla’ Ríos.


Espiritu de la Habana. Con Jane Burnett. Toronto, Canada. Ganó el premio Juno. 1992.

El callejón de los rumberos. 1993. Yoruba Andabo. Havana: PM Records.

Aché IV. Mercedita Valdés. Havana: Egrem, 1995.

Aché V. Mercedita Valdés. Havana: Egrem 1996.

Del Yoruba al son. 1997. Yoruba Andabo. Havana: Magic Music/ Universal

Montvale Rumba. LP Productions, New Jersey. 2001. 

Wemilere. Román Díaz, director. Grabado 1996, Habana; produjo 2002, Paris.

“Calle 54.” Pelicula y CD. 2003. New York City. Con ‘Puntilla’ Ríos et al.

“Ay! que rico.” José Conde. 2005.

Gema y Pavel. “Habana.” 2006. 

“(R)evolucion.” José Conde. 2007.

Marlon Simon and the Nagual Spirits. In Case Your Missed It. 2007.

Yosvany Terry: Ye-dé-gbé – The Afro Caribbean Legacy. 2008.

Grupo Irék. “Yo Se Que Te Gusta.” 2008. 

Raphael Cruz. “Time Travel.” (2008)

“HOT HOUSE: Cuban Tribute To Charlie Parker.” Steve Gluzband, 2008.

“Herencio Judia.” Con Benjamín Lapidus. 2008.

“Fiesta Percusiva.” Victor Rendón. 2008.

Omar Sosa, “Across the Divide,” 2009.

“Rumbos de la rumba.” Con Pedrito Martínez. New York, 2009.

“Okobio Enyenisón.” Projecto Enyenisón Enkama. 2009. New York


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