14 voodoo songs played by Haitian cab drivers
I hope you enjoyed reading my story about Haitian cab drivers and their love for Racine music. The playlist I’ve put together here is a very tiny introduction and by no means a broad range of the myriad of incredible artists and styles within Racine that are out there. The playlist mirrors my journey the last few weeks starting with a healthy dosage of Azor and his band Racine Mapou de Azor and a lot of the more established artists that the taxi drivers were playing me in Miami, artists like Boukman Eksperyans, RAM and Boukan Ginen. It’s definitely the more energetic rhythms that i’ve opted for, but it must be noted that not all Racine is in the breakneck part of the upper BPM region and there’s a couple of slower numbers on here too – I guess a good parallel is with Trinidad & Tobago’s Soca being split into two camps with ‘Groovy Soca’ & ‘Power Soca’. Also included is the incredible ‘Pale-m Mal’ from RAM which is heavy with the Vaksen – this cylindrical bamboo trumpet which is the sound you’ll hear on the streets during Carnaval as the Rara Bands take over the streets of Port-au-Prince (and New York City). Also it must be noted that I’ve included “Move Zanmi’ from Racine Mapou de Azor, released for Carnaval this year. They band has carried on the spirit and vibe without the legend at the helm, honouring him in all that they do.
Podcast: Nick Dwyer