Greetings from the Ayahuasca Project decentralized offices. I have been slowly going through the hard drives containing 10 years worth of recordings, to make a preselection of songs to include on the Songs of Ayahuasca CD reward. In the coming weeks I will be sharing some of them with you. I am going to start with a rather special one.
The story goes like this: in 2007 while doing research for the film I met in Perú a man who was convinced he was possessed by the devil. I won't go into the details, he looked normal enough. I'll just say that when I met him he had been drinking ayahuasca for a few months with no major effects. The first 2 times I drank with him it was uneventful. The third time, however, something happened. During the session what he called his devil "came out" in the open for the first time. It just so happened that I was recording audio that night.
I will save you that recording, suffice it to say it is some of the most hair-raising shrieking I have ever heard. The entire rom was terrified. When I revisited the recording I could barely listen for more than a few seconds. That night it took the curanderos all their power and more than an hour to get the situation to the point where the shrieks became a whimper. When there was finally silence, the entire room breathed out a collective sight of relief.
When the room was finally at peace Jacques Mabit sang this ícaro: madrecita ayahuasca.
Mabit told me that the author of the ícaro is maestro José Campos. I have translated the lyrics so English speakers can understand the words. Use the captions button (next to the gear icon) to see the English subtitles. This ayahuasca song is almost a battle tune, meant to cast off evil, and claim the space back. Mabit calls the spirits of the most powerful plants, and of everything he holds most sacred. It's almost a declaration principles, a manifesto, stating where the curandero stands, and under which forces his sessions are run, as you will see it is also full of poetic turns, and inspiring calls.
I will say no more. I think the song speaks for itself. I am however, unsure of wether to include in on the selection or not. What do you think? Would love to hear your opinions.
Once again thank you for your generosity and patience.