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Radio 3 Guide to World Music
Haitan rara band (©Roger Short)
The poorest country in the western hemisphere is still rich in one thing - music. Hear the suave and subtle mini-jazz bands of the belle epoch, rowdy rara (carnival) groups, shanty town rappers and vodou punks.

Andy Kershaw 'can't seem to keep away from Haiti' - you can hear Andy Kershaw on Sunday nights on Radio 3.

Listen to the whole programme (22'35) or click on any of the tracks to the left.

One Marasa Elu
by RAM
album: Songs from the Last Testament
BBC Session
Richard Morse brings together vodou rhythms with punk rock.
Two M Pap Mache A Tè Anye
by Rapa La Bel Fraicheur de L'Anglade
album: Angels in the Mirror - Vodou Music of Haiti
Ellipsis Arts (USA)
Rara bands take to the streets during carnivals and elections.
Three Manman Tyoul La Sou
by Ensemble Aux Calebasses
album: Ensemble Aux Calebasses
Mini Records (USA)
Saxophonist Nemours Jean Baptiste invented compas direct in the 50s.
Hear the ProgrammeRough Guide Discography
Four Ti Yannick
by Les Fantaisistes De Carrefour
album: En Tourné Volume 2
Mini Records (USA)
Mini-jazz compas from the 60s, the worst years of Papa Doc's terror.
Five Ayiti Pa Fore
by Manno Charlemagne
album: Konbit (Burning Rhythms of Haiti)
A&M records (UK)
''The Haitian Bob Marley', celebrating the fall of Baby Doc in 1986.
Andy Kershaw with the Haitian band RAM (©Roger Short)
Tracks 6 - 10
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