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Boukman Eksperyans
Genres: World Music, Pop
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This "racine" or Haitian roots band's fourth LP "Revolution," kicks off with "Sevelen/Sukiyaki (No More Excuses for the War)"--a searing and wildly imaginative reconception of the classic Japanese ditty--and runs on hig...  more »


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All Artists: Boukman Eksperyans
Title: Revolution
Members Wishing: 1
Total Copies: 1
Label: Lightyear
Original Release Date: 7/21/1998
Release Date: 7/21/1998
Genres: World Music, Pop
Styles: Africa, Caribbean & Cuba, Haiti
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPC: 085365427020

This "racine" or Haitian roots band's fourth LP "Revolution," kicks off with "Sevelen/Sukiyaki (No More Excuses for the War)"--a searing and wildly imaginative reconception of the classic Japanese ditty--and runs on high octane through all 13 tracks. Recorded in Fugee Wyclef Jean's New Jersey studio and mixed in Brooklyn, it is Boukman's finest yet: equal parts temple devotion, dance floor frenzy, and frontline resolve. The music roils with Haiti's centuries- old turmoil balanced by a staunch faith that better must come. This is the best yet from a world music favorite known for blending excitement (hypnotic chanting, pounding drums, "Lolo" Beabrun's impassioned wails) with Western pop forms (blistering guitar raves and jangly keyboard riffs). --Elena Oumano

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WOW, WOW, WOW, A Master Piece!
(5 out of 5 stars)

"WOW, I came across this group by total accident and I feel so ignorant that I didn't know that this group had existed so long. HOW COME NO ONE IS TALKING ABOUT THIS GROUP? IS IT THE POOR MARKETING BY THE LABLE? Anyway, Could it be the bass-lines, the soul-stirring strains of music or perhaps by chance, the change in attitude from strong-to-weak-to-pleading-to-scolding? Boukman Eksperyans dosen't force us to go their way, we just go. My apologies to the mindless head-bopping music and groups, but this is grown-up music at its best! This is music that reaches somewhere deep inside, uplifting the spirit and provoking thoughts.Unafraid to experiment, we have tracks ranging from an almost rock anthem, infectious bass, keyboards sound of "Tipa Tipa" to the complex congo rhythym of "Imamou Lele". Every song is incredibly perfect. Why cant more R$B and R$P (Common, Outkast, roots, Lauryn Hill, Wycleff, Erykah Badu and D'Angelo, just to name a few, are excluded) arti$t$ stretch themselves beyond boring repetitive booty-shakin' music? Are they afraid of being creative?Boukman Eksperyans don't compromise its musical talents and never its morals, providing for what is sure to be one of the best albums you'll ever own. Don't sleep on this CD! I guarantee, you will love everything on it."
Incredible work from a great artist
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I got this album out of sheer curiosity, to get the flavor of the Carribean nation's music and the result of French colonization on African roots. I must say that I was instantly captivated by this most beautiful and souful music which has replaced all Reggae, Son, Samba and Fela Kuti in my head for the time being. A GREAT work form a GREAT artist."
And the Grammy Goes to......BOUKMAN EKSPERYANS!
(5 out of 5 stars)

"The release of their first album on Mango records and their subsequent nomination of a Grammy Award marked Boukman Eksperyans as Haiti's premier, most succeddful and creative voice in the international music market. Many bands would have taken the proceed and headed straight for the United States or Canada to escape the dire political and economic situation in our country. The members of Boukman Eksperyans, however, chose to stick it out in Haiti and many of the songs on thhis album are a testaments to their spiritual and political vision in the face of repression, stagnation and despair that grips Haiti. The determination of Boukman Eksperyans is read by our people as a message of hope."