Music

BANDE À PIED FOLLOW JAH

Colectivo de música haitiana

Haití

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Heirs to the Rara (a form of festival music) and described by UNESCO as ‘Haiti’s first native tradition’, walking bands are music groups who, at certain times of year and especially during carnivals and Easter processions, take to the streets to play, with neighbors and fans joining them in parades that just keep on growing as they move along. Everyone dances away until the early hours of the morning to folk songs or whatever’s popular, with lyrics inspired what’s happening sociopolitically or phrases uttered by public figures. In February 2001, the Follow Jah walking band was formed in Pétion-Ville on the outskirts of Port-au-Prince to take part in carnivals and other traditional and community festivities. They’ve been working continuously since 2010, taking part in the Port-au-Prince International Jazz Festival since 2012 and traveling to Europe to perform Haitian music, visiting countries like Belgium, France, Switzerland and Holland. This, their first performance in Latin America, includes a show with ten musicians, who will not only bring the cities’ streets to life, but who will also work together with different neighborhoods.

TBC. Ten musicians will come to Chile: 1 vaccine (bamboo trumpet) player, 1 tambour drummer, 1 percussionist, 1 rattle player and 5 ashiko drummers.

Rara is the sound of Port-au-Prince: jubilant, raucous and chaotic. And it's just the beginning. Haiti's music scene is astonishingly rich, easily the equal of its neighbor, Cuba”.

—Jazz Wise Magazine

—Haiti: A French colony for almost two centuries, this country became the first independent black republic in the world and the only French-speaking territory in the Caribbean when it gained independence in 1803 after defeating Napoleon Bonaparte’s army. France would only recognize its independence in exchange for several million Francs in compensation, which left the country severely impoverished and led to the economic problems that have only got worse over the years. As well as the political instability that has marked its history, an earthquake in 2010 damaged the majority of government buildings, schools, hospitals and houses. It’s currently number 14 on the list of the poorest countries in the world.

—Creole: Also known as Haitian creole, this language is spoken by the majority of the country’s inhabitants and is a mixture between French and western African languages.

—Have a look here at one of Follow Jah’s performances

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