Alaako Oso: Owner of the Songs is Eloquent is a compilation of Orisa Praise songs. McKen has been a lifelong member of a vibrant community who describe themselves as Yoruba traditionalists or Lukumi, practicing a way of life and religion of West Africa. Born and raised in Brooklyn, New York, McKen has sung traditional sacred Yoruba music since she was 14 and is recognized as a Priestess of Yemonja. McKen became the first African American female Akpon to produce a musical recording of the traditional songs. Sought after to lead Bembes (dancing celebrations) throughout the U.S. and the Caribbean, McKen preserves the traditional songs of Yoruba and helps participants connect with the history and spiritual context of the tradition. McKen is the director and co-founder of Omiyesa, a cultural music group located in New York, where she offers a wide range of apprenticeships, workshops, and lecture-demonstrations in Afro-Cuban and Orisa songs, dance, and music. In 1998, she collaborated with the African American Dance Ensemble, directed by Chuck Davis, and the Carolina Theater to stage the well-received production Cultural Journey Back to the Roots. On this recording Amma is accompanied by a group of experienced African American musicians and singers under the musical direction Orlando "Puntilla" Rios, Cuban master drummer. The CD includes eight songs in the Yoruba/Lucumi tradition including an acapella salute to the Arara tradition and songs that include the bata orchestra, and drum and shekere accompaniment. This project demonstrates as it is so adequately titled the emergence of singer Amma McKen from bembes to the theatres and stages of world. Through this CD, Amma "eloquently speaks" through the richness of song to the depth of everyone's emotions, to the needs of all humanity, to the desires of ones heart, and that is to recognize and honor oneself by honoring the love within yourself...which is GOD, the Creator.