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Patrick Derival & Wilson Bonhomme, Vodou Drumming (English)

Patrick Derival and Wilson Bonhomme of the lakou Atis Rezistans in Port-au-Prince give a demonstration of some of the basic vodou rites. Typically, each major lwa has its own dedicated rhythm and song. The Radyo Shak hosts asked Derival how long he had been drumming, and he said I grew up in a family that served vodou; ever since I was little I’ve been playing drums, it’s something inside of me. That’s my gift. He has played in many different temples, or peristils (including his mother’s) as well as that of the local vodou priest, Papa Dar. Here Patrick and Wilson perform La fami rasanble (the family has assembled), a song for the lwas Ezili Dantor, a congo rhythm and a chant for Ogoun Badagris.

For the Kreyol version of this program, click: HERE.


Ghetto Biennale: Radyo Shak


Radyo Shak was the independent broadcast voice of the Ghetto Biennale lakou 2015. Based in a shack in the Grand Rue Atis-Resistans compound of Port-au-Prince, Clocktower Radio's Radyo Shak broadcast Haiti's biennale happenings, from December 10-21, 2015. Radyo Shak Program Director Richard Fleming and Radyo Shak Project Director Jake Nussbaum hosted freeform radio in the bidonville, including Rara bands, interviews with locals, artists and writers, project updates, and Haitian revolutionary history over FM radio, Internet radio, and analog broadcast amplified through speakers and PA. The Kreyòl language programming from the Radyo Shak is available here: Geto Byenal: Radyo Shak (Kreyòl) In addition to the recordings archived here that were collected onsite during the biennale, Clocktower's Ghetto Biennale: Radyo Shak series includes additional material gathered from Haitian musicians, DJ sets, record labels, expats, artists, and more, to give our listeners a complete audio landscape of Haiti in the world today.