Gladys “Bobi” Céspedes was born in Cuba and emigrated to the States in 1959. In 1967 she was initiated as a Yoruba-Lucumi priestess. She now lives in the San Francisco Bay Area where she maintains a rigorous schedule of concerts, religious rituals, and travels lecturing at the university level.
In the 1980s, she co-founded the 12-piece Conjunto Céspedes, which combined the traditional poetry and nuances of Cuban music with modern horn arrangements and has since become one of this country’s most groundbreaking and contemporary Latin bands.
Bobi’s work with Mickey Hart’s Planet Drum & Bembe Orisha bands brought her to wider attention.
In 2003 she recorded her firts solo album, Rezos (Prayers) for the Six Degrees label.
Author: Angel Romero
Angel Romero y Ruiz has been writing about world music music for many years. He founded the websites worldmusiccentral.org and musicasdelmundo.com. Angel produced several TV specials for Metropolis (TVE) and co-produced “Musica NA”, a music show for Televisión Española (TVE) in Spain that featured an eclectic mix of world music, fusion, electronica, new age and contemporary classical music. Angel also produced and remastered world music albums, compilations and boxed sets for Alula Records, Ellipsis Arts, Music of the World.