Our third album with executive producer KC Porter has just been recorded in Mayaguez, Puerto Rico, and will soon be released under his Los Angeles based Insignia Records label.ORA TAMBÓ (Pray Drum) is a personal tribute of Istvan Dely, one-time Congo tatan’ganga priest in Cuba and the first conga drummer in his native Hungary, to his origins in drumming and spirituality: tata Cuatrovientos Probafuerza and Yayi Chola of Guanabacoa. He does so by adding to the rich legacy he once received, the accumulated harvest of forty years of spiritual and musical quest on three continents, and raising it to the new heights of a contemporary and global spirituality enshrined in Bahá’u’lláh’s Revelation. Walking down this path with him as one soul in two bodies ever since he settled in Cartagena in 1977 has been his Afro-Colombian wife, singer-songwriter Leonor. Without her, Millero Congo (Sower of Congo Seeds), the name given to Istvan by his padrino back in Cuba as a mission statement, wouldn’t have blossomed into the family group of musicians and teachers that include their sons David and Shangó
The Delys found in Grammy winning American music producer KC Porter the ideal partner in creating their new trend of inspirational world music which Istvan coined “tribalglobal”. This is their third album together, after Leonor Dely: Ámame (2001) and Leonor Dely & Millero Congo: Talisman (2004).ORA TAMBÓ brings together prayers by Bahá’u’lláh and the Báb with the sacred African drumming traditions of Cuban Santería, Haitian Vodoun, Colombian Lumbalú, Puerto Rican Bomba, Bush Negro Winti and Brazilian Candomblé, as a universally viable way, along with other modes, of expressing the veneration of the sacred which lies at the very heart of every culture.