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Jean-Daniel Lafontant: Vodou, Drumming, and Rara

Renowned houngan (vodou priest) Jean-Daniel Lafontant organized one of the premiere parties of the Ghetto Biennale at the temple Nah-Ri-Veh: an epic night of vodou drumming followed by rara from Forever Rara Fanm, one of Haiti's only all-female rara troupes. In this conversation with the Radyo Shak team, Lafontant discusses rara and drumming's deep relationship to vodou, including its origins in pre-Columbian Hispaniola; the organization of the lakou; the spiritual power of the drum; his own origins as a vodou priest; and his reasons for sharing this experience with the Biennale visitors.

Including live recordings from the peristil (temple) Nah-Ri-Veh of Forever Rara Fanm and the drumming troupe.


Ghetto Biennale: Radyo Shak


Radyo Shak was the independent broadcast voice of the Ghetto Biennale of Haiti, hosting freeform radio including Rara bands, locals, artists and writers, and Haitian revolutionary history.