Alice Raulo’s AfroCaraïbes Project

Armed with her knowledge of capoeira and other musicological experiences from Brazil and Senegal, Alice Raulo began a journey to explore Afro-Caribbean musical practices performed throughout the Caribbean, Central America, and South America. She traveled through Colombia, Honduras, Belize, Guadeloupe, and Martinique to identify, study, and highlight the many strands and manifestations of Afro-Caribbean cultures through music.

On her latest trip, Raulo interviewed around thirty groups that promote various forms of Afro-Caribbean music, including Garifuna music, cumbia, belè, bullerengue, gwoka, son, chouval bwa, and reggae, among others. Comparing different practices that intersect across the Americas and focusing on specific groups—such as the Garifuna—she presents an inventory of artists on her site, AfroCaraïbes. Her aim is to raise awareness of the African musical heritage that lives in the different types of music, people, and cultures of the broader Caribbean, or what we often call in Spanish, “el Gran Caribe.”

Raulo has dedicated her life to the plurality of music from Africa, Latin America, and the Caribbean, researching how the African musical heritage has spread globally. Among her many projects, she worked on the creation of the Black Music Center, a multimedia museum project between Paris, Salvador de Bahia (Brazil), and Dakar (Senegal).

Based in France, Raulo has lived in Brazil, Mexico, Senegal, and has traveled extensively in the Caribbean, feeding her great interest in the African presence in the development of music and cultures around the world. She currently organizes musical events in Paris, produces musical radio programs, and, in her words, is on a constant quest for new musical adventures.

You may contact Alice Raulo directly at aliceraulo@yahoo.fr

For more on AfroCaraïbes, visit http://www.afrocaraibes.fr/

For related articles (in French), see http://www.afrocaraibes.fr/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=60%3Aprojet-afrocaraibes-les-plus-belles-rencontres-musicales&catid=8%3Aarticle-projet-mac&Itemid=20&lang= and http://www.afrocaraibes.fr/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=42%3Ales-garifunas-du-honduras-un-peuple-rythmique&catid=24%3Aarticle-honduras&Itemid=32&lang=

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