Who is Babalu?
Around the world, priests, academics, actors, and others have formed an intimate connection with the voice of an earthly guy named Babalu, yet none of the voices they know sound the same. In Hollywood he’ll brave the stage, in Nigeria he’ll drum with tribes, in cartoons he’ll cross desert plains, shifting his age, gait, and accent to fit his new audience. Priests of the Yoruba religion say that everyone has their own road to follow with Babalu Aye, that he reveals himself as he wants to be revealed.
Then it is for you to find out who your Babalu is.
Featuring the voices of: Neil Ross, voice actor; Joseph Armillas Lecuona, son of Margarita Lecuona; Stephan Palmie, anthropologist, University of Chicago; Michael Atwood Mason, Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage; Amanda Villepastour, ethnomusicologist, Cardiff University. Thanks to David Brown, Erica Mu, and George Drake Jr. Produced by Emile B Klein.
Our founder took a week off to make this fun piece with the cool folks at Stylus.