The Year of the Rising Sun

I am Gede, eternal figure in black,
master of the abyss into which the sun sinks.
I make the days grow short and the nights grow long.
You perforce will cross the threshold of my palace,
the tomb and the womb of the cosmic void.

I am Gede, master of resurrection.
Confounding life and death, I make the dead dance,
I heal the hopeless.
I am the guardian of children, born and unborn.
I am the life and light persistently present,
even in the darkness.
They call me the Rising Sun.

From Makandal's Rising Sun, A Vodou Drama of Death and Rebirth

What magic does Makandal plan to make in 2023?

  • Music education | A brand-new Haitian Drum Workshop (details tba)
  • Theater | Revival of our neo-folktale, The Drum and the Seed, A Haitian Odyssey
  • Vodou Jazz | A trip through the tangled roos of Vodou and jazz
  • Vintage Vodou | Continued re-release of classic Makandal recordings
  • Memorial Project | Expansion of the Frisner Augustin Archive, creation of a Hall of Ancestors
  • Joy and Hope | Win hearts and minds with music!

Let’s begin that last item with a message of hope from Frisner Augustin, in English,
““Haiti, we need a reconciliation through culture. And it will happen. It will. Because everyone’s looking toward the army, the president, the generals—toward [the US]. They never say, ‘Let’s get all the musicians together, let’s get all the Vodouists together.’”

Warm wishes from Makandal for a healthy and peaceful 2023! Bòn ane!

Image Credits:
Banner image: Sunrise over Earth by knssr
YouTube video by Lois Wilcken on The Makandal Channel: Frisner Appeals for Unity through Music and the Spirit

About makandal1758

Makandal channels multiple media to educate and enlighten the public about Haiti, the Haitian diaspora, and all those touched by the rich legacy of Haiti. The company's activities include research, archiving, theatrical productions, and the promotion of artists.
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