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Beads of sweat roll from the brows of muscular drummers who never tire.
They play the manman, moyen and bébé drums of vodoun, an often
misrepresented organized religious and cultural practice that values
communion with the land and respect for the community. The rhythms are
said to chofé (or heat up) players and listeners alike, inspiring
increasingly impassioned drumming and dancing. Folklorist, ethnographer
and ethnomusicologist Harold Courlander, known for his important early
work documenting the vast unwritten literature, dances, music of the
Haitian peasants, released these field recordings from the mountain
villages of Haiti before nearly any other recordings were available.
101 Vodoun Dance (Three Vodoun Drums) Three male Vodoun drummers 2:53
102 Ibo Dance (Three Drums and Ogan) Three male Ibo drummers, ogan er 2:39
103 Salongo Dance (Two Drums) Two male Congo-Guinée drummers 1:07
104 Juba Dance (Drum and Catas) Two male drummers 1:31
105 Petro Dance (Two Drums) Male Pétro drummers 1:14
106 Quitta Dance (Two Drums) Congo-Guinée drummers 1:26
201 Baboule Dance (Three Drums) Three male drummers 1:14
202 Mascaron Dance (Two Drums and Basse) Male drummers with basse 1:50
203 Congo Payette Dance (Three Drums) Three male drummers 1:15
204 Congo Larose Dance (Three Drums) Three male drummers 1:34
205 Ganbos (Bamboo Stamping Tubes and Ogan) Male percussionists with bamboo stamping tubes and ogan 2:05
206 Vaccines (Bamboo Trumpets and Sticks) Bamboo-trumpet ers 0:41
207 Bumba Dance (Two Drums) Two male Congo-Guinée drummers 2:45