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Andy Kershaw in Haiti

Duration:
45 minutes
First broadcast:
Sunday 10 December 2000

Andy Kershaw's two-part feature on music in Haiti, recorded during the turbulence of the country's Presidential elections in 2000. Andy dances to the sound of trobadou, encounters a musician whose concert audiences always include the secret police, and meets a voodoo priest who is an undertaker in his spare time.

Music and featured items

16 items
Timings (where shown) are from the start of the programme in hours and minutes
  • Voodoo ritual

    A high priest in a voodoo temple tells Andy Kershaw about the rituals being performed.

  • Music Played

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      00:01

      Unknown Voodoo Ceremony

      BBC Recording on location

  • Music and slavery

    A “voodoo emperor” explains music is part of everything in Haiti and has roots in slavery.

  • Music Played

  • Bootman and racine

    Lolo tells the history of Bootman who was a rebellious slave. He describes “racine” music.

  • Music Played

    • Image for Bootman Experience
      00:16

      Bootman Experience unknown

    • Image for Bootman Experience
      00:21

      Bootman Experience unknown

  • Music and polital regimes

    Lolo talks about how careful musicians need to be during different political regimes.

  • Music Played

    • Image for Bootman Experience
      00:26

      Bootman Experience unknown

    • Image for Bootman Experience
      00:29

      Bootman Experience unknown

  • Troubadu music

    Troubadu musician Tee Coker talks about his songs and troubadu music’s Cuban origins.

  • Music Played

    • Image for Tee Coker
      00:31

      Tee Coker unknown

      BBC Recording on location

    • Image for Tee Coker
      00:36

      Tee Coker The cat

      BBC Recording on location

  • Tee Coker and black-outs

    Tee Coker explains how music helps to pass the time during the many black-outs in Haiti.

  • Music Played

    • Image for Tee Coker
      00:41

      Tee Coker Haitian Flowers

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