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Haitian music as a reminder to help earthquake survivors

January 14, 2010 |  5:46 am

The Times' music blog, Pop & Hiss, shares 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. Above is a brief summary of Alan Lomax's essential Haitian folk recordings (follow the link below to hear the music of 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.

See more video of Haitian musical performances.

-- August Brown

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