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Radio Haiti Archive: Foula

Listen in on this 1986 interview from the Radio Haiti Archive with the members of Foula, a well-known mizik rasin/vodou jazz group of the 1980s and 1990s, who discuss their work and inspiration. Additionally featured are several performances of the dynamic group with Chico Boyer (bass/voice), Tido Lavaud (guitar/lead voice), Jean-Raymond Giglio and Bonga Jean-Baptiste (drums), Thurgot Theodat (saxophone and percussion), and an interview with Konpè Filo. Foula’s compositions are deeply rooted in the Haitian culture and society, and explore topics of religion, community and economic concerns. The polyrhythmic harmonic concept starts from the roots of three drums to venture towards an integration of jazz elements such as free improvisation and syncopation.

This program is made available on Clocktower Radio in partnership with The Radio Haiti Archive, part of the Human Rights Archive at the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book and Manuscript Library at Duke University. To find out more about this historic archive, visit RadioHaitiLives.com


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.