Andy visits Haiti during the turbulence of the presidential elections. He dances to the sound of trobadou, encounters a musician whose audiences include the secret police and meets a voodoo priest...
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.
A high priest in a voodoo temple tells Andy Kershaw about the rituals being performed.
Music and slavery
A “voodoo emperor” explains music is part of everything in Haiti and has roots in slavery.
Boukman and racine
Lolo tells the history of Boukman who was a rebellious slave. He describes “racine” music
Music and polital regimes
Lolo talks about how careful musicians need to be during different political regimes.
Troubadu musician Tee Coker talks about his songs and troubadu music’s Cuban origins.
Ticoca and black-outs
Ticoca explains how music helps to pass the time during the many black-outs in Haiti.