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Andy Kershaw in Haiti

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.

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  • Voodoo ritual

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

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    • [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.

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    • Déodat de Séverac

      Voodoo Ceremony

      • BBC Recording on location.
    • Déodat de Séverac

      Voodoo Ceremony

      • BBC Recording on location.
  • Boukman and racine

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

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    • Boukman Eksperyans

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    • Boukman Eksperyans

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  • Music and polital regimes

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

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    • Boukman Eksperyans

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    • Boukman Eksperyans

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  • Troubadu music

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

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    • Ticoca

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      • BBC Recording on location.
    • Ticoca

      The cat

      • BBC Recording on location.
  • Ticoca and black-outs

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

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    • Ticoca

      Haitian Flowers

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