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This Multilingual Audio Course Is a Free Guide to Yoruba for Olorishas Around the World

OrishaImage.com and Yorubaname.com have linked up to create a Yoruba course for Spanish, Portuguese and English speakers across the diaspora.

Though the majority of Yoruba speakers live in Nigeria,Yoruba people exist far and wide, and many folks are yearning to become more familiar with what many consider to be their "mother tongue."

In response to this demand, Kola Tubosun of Yorubaname.com and Moussa Kone of Orishaimage.com teamed up to create the comprehensive "Yoruba Melody Audio Course" catered to "Olorisha and cultural tourists" from countries with strong ties to Yoruba culture, namely Cuba, Brazil, and the US.


The free audio courses comes in English, Spanish and Portuguese and includes 22 unique lessons, covering everything from greetings, compliments and climate to health, appointments, eating and drinking, time and much, much more.

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The reception so far has been immense, especially in Brazil, says Kone. "The course was met with enthusiasm in South America," he told OkayAfrica. "Especially in Brazil, where the news of the free download was spread in the Olorisha community of the Yoruba-derived Candomblé religion and shared on social media, we received many obrigado mails from people expressing their thanks for this work."

Image courtesy of Orishaimage.com

It doesn't stop there, the co-creators have more Yoruba language guides in the works. Next in line is a German audio course, as it's Kone's first language. It will be the first Yoruba course in German since 1967, he tells us.

Tubosun is also continuing work on the development of a Siri-like, Yoruba talk-to-text app, which we first learned about last year—so we have that to look forward to as well.

Each lesson in the "Yoruba Melody Course" is completely free and available for download and sharing. Check out a short video introduction below, and the full lessons in all thee languages underneath.




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Wizkid, Tems, Black Coffee & More Nominated For 2022 Grammy Awards

See the full list of African artists honored during Tuesday's nomination ceremony.

Next year's Grammy nominations are in and Africa showed up and out!

The 64th annual Grammy music awards are on the horizon, and Tuesday's nomination ceremony covered a lot of ground within the music industry. Not surprisingly, Wizkid's Made In Lagos (Deluxe) received a nod for Best Global Music album, with the stellar and globally adorned track "Essence" featuring Nigeria's Tems being nominated for Best Global Music Performance. Nigerian favorites Femi and Made Kuti's joint project Legacy+ received a nomination under the Best Global Music Album category.

Other notable nods include; Beninese singer-songwriter Angélique Kidjo's collaboration with Nigerian powerhouse Burna Boy, as well her performance with American cellist Yo-Yo Ma received under the Global Music Performance category. South Africa's Black Coffee's album Subconsciously made its mark within the Best Dance/Electronic Music Album category with his own nomination, and Ghanaian artist Rocky Dawuni under Best Global Music Album.

The music ceremony will be hosted in Los Angeles, US on January 31 2022 and we're excited to see who snags the highly coveted awards during next year's ceremony. In the meantime, let us know on Twitter who you're excited to see perform.

Keep scrolling to see the full list of African artists nominated for next year's Grammy award ceremony.

Check out the full list of nominees here.

Best Global Music Performance

"Mohabbat," Arooj Aftab

"Do Yourself," Angelique Kidjo and Burna Boy

"Pà Pá Pà," Femi Kuti

"Blewu," Yo-Yo Ma and Angelique Kidjo

"Essence," Wizkid featuring Tems

Best Global Music Album

"Voice Of Bunbon, Vol. 1," Rocky Dawuni

"East West Players Presents: Daniel Ho and Friends Live in Concert," Daniel Ho and Friends

"Mother Nature," Angelique Kidjo

"Legacy +," Femi Kuti and Made Kuti

"Made In Lagos: Deluxe Edition," Wizkid

Best Dance/Electronic Music Album

"Subconsciously," Black Coffee

"Fallen Embers," Illenium

"Music Is the Weapon (Reloaded)," Major Lazer

"Shockwave," Marshmello

"Free Love," Sylvan Esso

"Judgement," Ten City

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