Haitian music as a reminder to help earthquake survivors
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