Chouk Bwa Libète
Thursday, July 13th at 7:00pm 2017
Friday, July 14th at 1:00pm 2017
Location: Beach Stage
Chouk Bwa Libète is a traditional Haitian Mizik Rasin—roots music—band. Their music draws on the essential elements of Haitian Vodou: rhythm and dance. These elements express deep cultural roots, torn from Africa, and secretly replanted in a new land in the syncretic practices of Vodou. Their songs are a blend of traditional songs and original compositions by Jean Claude Sambaton Dorvil, and their drummers are unanimously recognized in the Gonaives’ Vodou communities of Lakous Badjo, Souvenance, and Soukri as master drummers. The two dancers, Edèle and Maloune, don’t perform choreography. Their movement relies on the same kind of deep knowledge of Vodou rhythm as the drummers. Chouk Bwa Libète continues the tradition of popular groups like Boukman Eksperyans, Boukan Ginen, and Rasin Mapou de Azor. However, in comparison with these predecessors, Chouk Bwa Libète has chosen not to add any other instruments in order to stay closer to the original elements of Vodou culture and music. Their repertoire consists of songs full of Vodou spirituality, but whose form is also very distinct from ceremonial music.