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A few clips of great Haitian music -- as a reminder to help

January 13, 2010 |  5:47 pm

You don't need Pop & Hiss to tell you about the devastating earthquake that hit Haiti on Tuesday. What we can give you are a few clips from the fascinating, inimitable history of Haitian music -- which bests even New Orleans in its heady influences of African spirituals, French pop, American jazz and Latin-Caribbean rhythms. At the top is a brief summary of Alan Lomax's essential Haitian folk recordings, followed by the much-beloved rapper Master Dji and pioneering jazz artist Nemours Jean-Baptiste. And please consider skipping the bar tab at a show this week and give to Oxfam or the Red Cross or Doctors Without Borders instead.

-- August Brown