A film by David Byrne
Ilé Aiyé is David Byrne’s breathtaking 1989 documentary on Candomblé, the African-influenced spirit cult of the Bahia region of Brazil.
Ilé Aiyé explores the ways in which Candomblé has influenced the daily life and culture of the people of Brazil in music, art, religion, theater, food, dance, poetry and more. Ilé Aiyé uses experimental film techniques, music, and cultural observation to express the life and rituals of Candomblé and the symbolic manifestation of the Orishás, the deities which represent the wide range of natural and spiritual forces. The rhythms of the sacred drums and bells, a dance of spiritual ecstasy, offerings and sacrifices, divination and the visitation of the Orishás through trance are all part of the color and life of Candomblé. Complemented by the original score from David Byrne recorded with Bahian musicians, the music in Ilé Aiyé includes ritual music recorded during ceremonies as well as popular Brazilian songs influenced by Candomblé.
Runtime: 51 minutes
Director — David Byrne
Cinematographer — Lauro Escorel
Editor — David Wild
Producer — Kiki Miyake
Executive Producer — John Scott
Line Producer / Production Mgr. — Brent Owens
Line Producer — Mel Lawrence
Production Coordinator — Rose Lacretta
Location Manager — Katia Barbosa
Liason Company — Neon Studios
Co-Produced by Little Magic Productions, Inc.
& Todo Mundo, Ltd.
Original Score by David Byrne
Electric Bass — Ceasario
7-String Guitar — Edison Santos
Mandolin — Paulo Emilio
Cavaquinho — Ailton
6-String Guitar — Robinson
Percussion — Toni Mola, Gabi, Bastola, Meia Noite (Midnight)
Tamourine — Carlos Cacau
New York Musicians:
Trumpet — Charlie Sepulveda
Bass/Tenor Trombone — Jack Schatz
Chorus — The Rejoice Inspirational Ensemble