Batá Drums

Iyá, Itótele, Okónkolo -- those are the names of the three batá drums. The drums have invoked the Gods of Africa for centuries in the in Houses of Saints (Casas de Santeros); the drums speak to the Orisha. The dual-headed wooden drums, with their two skins stretched and tuned with leather straps from the lowest to the highest pitch, were surrendered to the expert hands of the master drummers, the olubatá.

Iyá Itótele Okónkolo