Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Voodoo Drums In Hi-Fi (Atlantic, 1958)

this 1958 entry into the Hi-Fi genre has some cool on-location recordings of genuine Haitian Voodoo ceremonies, primarily as performed by "country group amateurs".

01 Contradanse- Avant Simple With Flute
02 Ti-Roro Drum Solo I
03 Ti-Joe Carabien
04 Meringue With Flute
05 Nan Point La Vie Encore Oh!
06 Laissez Yo Di
07 Rara Riffs
08 Contradanse- Avant Simple With Accordion
09 Annonce on Zange Nan Dlo
10 Contradanse- Avant Simple And Meringue With Flute
11 La Misere Pa Douce!
12 Ti-Roro Drum Solo II

"Haiti may be a dark enigma to most of its visitors, but if one learns the language of the drums, the life and mind of its people open to you like a flower. The drums are never silent; day and night they sound from some vague distant place, muffled but distinctly articulated like a heart-beat. [...] The drum rhythms -- as well as the art of making drums -- came from Africa. [...] From Africa also came voudoun, which is a religious ceremonial and also a deeply ingrained attitude to life and the nature of things[...] Through the boungan (the voudoun priest), man converses with nature. Through him, man supplicates for protection against impending dangers, and through him, sometimes, man strikes at an enemy."


marram62 said...


KL from NYC said...

Thank you.