The Music of Haiti

Beside the Dominican Republic and part of the Hispaniola landmass that Columbus arrived at in 1492, assuming he had actually gotten to India, Haiti, a nation that used to be terrific, now bad, is the center of this music. Haiti made France as well as Napoleon so rich that they can pay for to help the United States win the War of Independence. About 30 years later on, Haiti came to be the nation that is first in being freed from its colonial masters when Toussaint l’Ouverture defeated the French. The grandeur that was fading of its French record is still there in the stylish colonial design, the resorts, the cuisine, as well as other points. Belle Époque groups from the 1950 ′ s like Issa El Saieh done in the stylish resorts back then, vocal singing love tunes like “Haïti” to commemorate Haiti and Haitian society.

music-6Haiti was besieged by H.I.V. in the 1980 ′ s, the 2008 hurricane, the destructive 2010 quake, and also prior to that with their dreadful tonton macoutes henchmen, Papa and Baby Doc Duvalier. But you would certainly never understand the hardships Haitians have dealt with paying attention to this ebullient, resilient music. As we see in countries like Congo, one of the most struggling nations can produce the most jubilant music.  These are certainly not the people you would see riding down the road in a limo in Miami, but their music sounds like it was written by happy people.

A new CD influenced this show: Tanbou Toujou Lou, a collection of nineteen classics of Haiti from 1960-1981, varying from electric folklore, vodou jazz, and also kompa kreyol, to meringue. This gem of a collection was produced by New York City’s Vik Sohonie who researched it, curated it, and also created it in an enormous labor of love, excavating up old 45 as well as 78 rpm sides from stores with records, radio terminal safes, professionals, and also followers throughout Haiti. He would essentially enter into the residences of normal folks searching for treasures.

Haiti has actually always been part of a marvelous music consortium, a combination DNA of New Orleans, French, Cuban, and also obviously African cultures as well as religion. The Haitian voodoo spiritual techniques is the expression of its African heritage in Haiti, just like Congo Square in New Orleans, Brazil’s candomblé, and santeria in Cuba. The Africans brought with them the orishas that were able to help them identify as African both on the New World plantations and throughout the horrible middle flow. The saints of Africa are still in Brazil, Cuba, as well as Haiti.

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