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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


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.