Various Artists

Folk Music of Haiti (Music of Haiti, Vol. 1)

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The 18 tracks heard on this 1951 release were originally recorded in Haiti by Harold Courlander. Secular and religious music, work songs, and trance songs are all presented here. On "Pile Pied'M: Ibo Dance Song," polyrhythmic Ibo drumming weaves through a parable-like song: "Injury once done can not be talked away." With "M'Pas Bwe M'Pas Mange: Work Song," percussive sounds come from a group of men pounding grain in a large wooden mortar. While in a trance, a testifying priest acts a medium for the gods on "Spirit Conversation (Cult Priest at Leogane)." Harold Courlander's detailed introduction and liner notes contextualize this outstanding collection of Haitian folk music.

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