Haitian Music


The current issue of the New Yorker includes a fascinating roundtable discussion on Haitian music that offers great insights into the development and significance of music in Haiti from the pre-revolutionary plantation era to the present. Organized by Sasha Frere-Jones, who got the idea for the conversation from a post Madison Smart Bell wrote for the New York Times Paper Cuts blog, the discussion includes Bell, Laurent Dubois, author of Avengers of the World: The Story of the Haitian Revolution, Elizabeth McAlister, author of Rara! Vodou, Power, and Performance in Haiti and Its Diaspora and producer of the Smithsonian Folkways CD Rhythms of Rapture: Sacred Music of Haitian Vodou,  Ned Sublette, author of Cuba and Its Music,  Haitian-American novelist Edwidge Danticat, and Garnette Cadogan, who is working on a book about Bob Marley. To see the article go to http://www.newyorker.com/online/blogs/sashafrerejones/2009/03/roundtable-hait.html

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