[Note: Makandal's work, like all projects in folklore, dances ploge (intimately) with research. This entry will engage the reader with some intriguing questions on representing Haitian music.]
So a publisher has asked me to write an encyclopedia entry on Haitian music in history, geography, and culture. That should be easy for someone who has published a book and myriad essays on the subject, right? Look again. “Music in history.” I certainly know something about Haitian music of the present, and I’ve listened to recordings going back to the 1930s. But what do I really know of…let’s say, the music of Vodou in the nineteenth century?