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Caribbean Revels: Rara & Gaga
Various Artists
Caribbean Revels: Rara & Gaga
Genres: World Music, Pop
 
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Throughout the week before Easter, roads all over Haiti swell with bands of revelers, dancers, singers and percussionists, travelling from vodou temples to their villages. Rara and gaga are wildly festive sounds, featuring...  more »

      
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All Artists: Various Artists
Title: Caribbean Revels: Rara & Gaga
Members Wishing: 2
Total Copies: 0
Label: Smithsonian Folkways
Release Date: 7/13/1992
Genres: World Music, Pop
Styles: Caribbean & Cuba, Dominican Republic, Haiti
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPCs: 093074040225, 093074040249

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Album Description
Throughout the week before Easter, roads all over Haiti swell with bands of revelers, dancers, singers and percussionists, travelling from vodou temples to their villages. Rara and gaga are wildly festive sounds, featuring unusual percussion and wind instruments, and often bawdy lyrics. These remastered recordings from the streets, plazas and cemeteries of Haiti and the Dominican Republic are accompanied by extensive notes by Verna Gillis and Gage Averill. Reissue of Folkways 4531. "Rara es el nombre dado a la celebración rural que tiene lugar cada año en Haití entre el Miércoles de Ceniza y el Domingo de Pascua. La selección presentada aquí representa la variedad de música vocal e instrumental que acompaña la danza, las piruetas con bastones y las actividades rituales llevadas a cabo durante el Rara por hombres, mujeres y niños vestidos con brillantes colores. La palabra Gaga es usada en República Dominicana por los haitianos que practican sus propias celebraciones de Rara; la palabra es un término criollo que se aplica a alguien que no se considera esté en un estado mental 'normal'..."

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11/05/1999
(5 out of 5 stars)

"If you want the "real thing" when it comes to "Roots" music from Haiti, this album is a good introduction. This album reveals the spritual roots of Haiti and the Dominican Republic. The African roots of Dominican culture are on display in tracks 8 to 14. The most recomended tracks are: Number 2, number6 and number 8. Have fun discovering and exploring African culture in the Caribbean with out all the negative popular stereotypes."