Ibeyis (or Hansel and Gretel, Afro-Cuban style)

Son dos los jimaguas/son dos a la bella aure

Thus sang the twins: Taewo and Kainde. The former chased his sister around the palm tree at the base of which they lived. Their joy filled the air. The children loved playing with two rattles, two small drums and two sets of bells. Every time they skipped if felt as if the sound of a whole orchestra invaded every single corner of the forest.

But someone was not happy. The twins’ father, Shangó, had re-married recently after his ex-wife Oshún had left him, tired of his…