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Andy Kershaw in Haiti.

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.

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45 minutes

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Sun 17 Dec 2000 22:45

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  • Papa Doc's grave and rara music

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

    Duration: 08:31

  • Music played

    • local musicians

      Funeral Procession

      • BBC Recording on location.
  • Rara and Richard Morse

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

    Duration: 05:21

  • Music played

    • [unknown]

      unknown

      • BBC Recording on location.
    • [unknown]

      unknown

  • Rara music and music and politics

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

    Duration: 07:37

  • Music played

    • [unknown]

      Leaf

    • [unknown]

      unknown

  • Music in Cité Soleil

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

    Duration: 05:55

  • Music played

    • James Petit Frere

      unknown

      • BBC Recording on location.
    • 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.

    Duration: 04:31

  • Music played

    • 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.

    Duration: 05:30

  • Music played

    • Nemure Jean-Baptist

      unknown

    • Coupe Clue

      unknown

  • Compa and politics

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

    Duration: 04:50

  • Music played

    • Music Music

      Blackout

    • Street musicians

      unknown

  • Election day celebrations

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

    Duration: 02:13

Broadcast

  • Sun 17 Dec 2000 22:45

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