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- Rara music of Haiti by Various
After the tragedy in January, one of the knock on effects is that we're getting exposed to some really fantastic cultural fall-out from Haiti which includes a bunch of exciting audio artefacts & a sumptuous coffee table book which collects some of the more jaw dropping & unusual photographs taken from festivals, street carnivals & every day life. They know how to put on a show these folks, some of the costumes, masks & items of head gear are truly remarkable. As is this CD, a 3 track representation of this vibrant, rhythmic, hypnotic street music. Like other forms of African rooted music, the effect becomes extremely trancelike with its heady mix of polyrhythms, exuberant M/F chanting and in this case the added thrill of long hollow plastic pipes being used as wind instruments, thereby adding an extra snaky, exotic dimension. I love this CD, it makes me feel very alive and happy & its 3 dusty odysseys are also a quality representation of the spirit & humanity of these proud people.
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