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Andy Kershaw in Haiti.

45 minutes
First broadcast:
Sunday 17 December 2000

Dancing in the Streets - the second part of Andy Kershaw's feature on music in Haiti, recorded during the country's Presidential elections.

Andy meets leading musicians from the Papa Doc era, hears the sounds of Haitian rap, and visits the Port-au-Prince main cemetery.

Music and featured items

20 items
Timings (where shown) are from the start of the programme in hours and minutes
  • Papa Doc's grave and rara music

    Andy describes former president, Papa Doc’s grave. He learns about ‘rara’, slave music.

  • Music played

    • Image for local musicians

      local musicians Funeral Procession

      BBC Recording on location

  • Rara and Richard Morse

    Andy hears a rara band and talks to band leader Richard Morse.

  • Music played

    • Image for Unknown

      Unknown unknown

      BBC Recording on location

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      Unknown unknown

  • Rara music and music and politics

    Richard Morse explains rara music’s social context and the link between music and politics

  • Music played

  • Music in Cité Soleil

    In Cité Soleil 20 year old James Petit Frere. He raps about the forthcoming election.

  • Music played

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      James Petit Frere unknown

      BBC Recording on location

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      James Petit Frere Election rap

      BBC Recording

  • Isa el Sie and bell époque

    Former dance band leader Isa el Sie describes Haiti’s ‘belle époque’ in the 1940s and 50s.

  • Music played

    • Image for Isa el Sie Orchestra

      Isa el Sie Orchestra unknown

  • Nemours Jean Baptiste and compa

    Andy talks about Nemours Jean Baptiste who invented a dance style called ‘compa’ in 50s.

  • Music played

    • Image for Nemure Jean-Baptist

      Nemure Jean-Baptist unknown

    • Image for Coupe Clue

      Coupe Clue unknown

  • Compa and politics

    Two compa musicians describe the political impact of compa and its use in carnival.

  • Music played

    • Image for Music Music

      Music Music Blackout

    • Image for Street musicians

      Street musicians unknown

  • Election day celebrations

    Andy decribes the street musicians and dancers celebrating the election result.


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