Often depicted as a queenly mermaid, Yemaya is considered the Ocean Mother Goddess in Santería, an Afro-Caribbean religion practiced around the world. With anchored roots in the Yoruba religion, Yemaya was brought over to the New World by enslaved Africans as early as the 16th century.TeenVogue
Yemoja is a major water spirit from the Yoruba religion. She is an orisha, in this case patron spirit of rivers, particularly the Ogun River in Nigeria; and oceans in Cuban and Brazilian orisa religions.Wikipedia
In other countries, people are connected to Mami Wata… (Vaudou, Vaudoun, Voodoo…)
Cuban composer and pianist Omar Sosa has spent ten years shaping An East African Journey, fusing jazz and traditional African music, with eight artists from East Africa.