ÌFÉ’s founder and director Otura Mun visits the studio for a deep dive into the origins of the group’s Afro-Caribbean electronics.
Originally from Indiana, drummer and vocalist Mark Underwood has spent nearly two decades living in Puerto Rico, where he began a spiritual journey that drew him toward Ifá, a branch of the Yoruba religion. He took the name Otura Mun and became a babalawo, or high priest. As he learned the practices of Yoruba, he also studied the religion’s rich musical traditions; his efforts culminated in ÌFÉ, a musical project that masterfully fuses Afro-Caribbean rhythms and praise songs with electronic production. Otura Mun joins Andy and Riobamba in the studio for an in-depth conversation about the links between his faith and his music.