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Rhythms of Rapture: Sacred Musics of Haitian Vodou
Rhythms of Rapture
Rhythms of Rapture: Sacred Musics of Haitian Vodou
Genres: World Music, Pop
 
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Features recent innovations and traditional roots of this potent music. Cuts from live Vodou ceremonies are juxtaposed with performances by well-known Haitian artists, such as Boukman Experyans, RaRa Machine, Boukan Ginen ...  more »

      
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All Artists: Rhythms of Rapture
Title: Rhythms of Rapture: Sacred Musics of Haitian Vodou
Members Wishing: 1
Total Copies: 0
Label: Smithsonian Folkways
Original Release Date: 8/14/1995
Re-Release Date: 8/22/1995
Genres: World Music, Pop
Styles: Caribbean & Cuba, Haiti
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPCs: 093074046425, 093074046449

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Features recent innovations and traditional roots of this potent music. Cuts from live Vodou ceremonies are juxtaposed with performances by well-known Haitian artists, such as Boukman Experyans, RaRa Machine, Boukan Ginen and RAM. A cascade of sounds?Haitian Kreyol, the blowing of a conch shell, powerful drumming, electric guitar, synthesizers, sounds of clay pots, bells, and gourd rattles?build compelling rhythmic cross-currents. Enclosed notes examine the music?s political and spiritual base. Portions of the proceeds from the sale of this recording go to benefit Haitian grassroots community projects. 20 tracks. "The music has an indomitable spirit." ?New York Times

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Matthew Sheppard | Washington, DC United States | 07/14/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)

"This set of songs, collected by an ethnomusicologist, is simply fantastic. You get exposure to a wide range of styles, from polished studio recordings to field recordings. The fact that the woman who collected these is an ethnomusicologist adds value, as the liner notes are very informative, and this set gives us a feeling for the range of musical contexts as well as styles in Haitian music. For lovers of Caribbean music in general, this disc is worth your time."
Wonderful!
Tom | Cedar Rapids, Iowa | 11/19/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I love this CD! I work at a museum, and as we're gearing up for an exhibit on Hatian art, we're even sharing this with staff and volunteers to get them in the mood. Wonderful blend of "street" music and more formal pieces."
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Michael A. Duvernois | Minneapolis, MN United States | 08/26/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I'm going to have to come in on the side of this CD. It's an excellent selection of sacred music from some of the Haitian traditions. As long as we don't take it to be encyclopedic, there's no problem here. Some of the recordings are old, and all are set into their proper context by the notes."