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SERGIO LEYVA SEIGLIE | GANGA-LONGOBA


  • Contact Sheet 60 Atchison St St Leonards, NSW, 2065 Australia (map)

The Gangá-Longobá is a unique group of Afro-Cubans who live in Perico, a small town tucked away from Cuba’s tourist route. The group’s very distinctive ethnic heritage has been traced to an ancestor stolen from the Banta people in what is today Sierra Leone, who was then smuggled into Cuba and sold as a slave. In Cuba, she was given the name Josefa and toiled for decades on Santa Elena sugar plantation, just outside of Perico.

Josefa taught the songs, dances, beliefs and herbal remedies of her homeland to her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren, the last of whom lived into the 1980s. They proudly preserved her heritage, and today her descendants carry on these traditions each December 17th, a celebration that the whole town attends. They songs they sing were traditionally women’s songs in Africa, and the strong female leadership continues today, being passed onto daughters, granddaughters and nieces as well as to male descendants.

Exhibition runs from 2nd -12 September 2015. Works can be viewed after this date at our viewing room. Please contact us for more information or to view the works. contact@contactsheet.com.au | 0416 053 665