From the Archive: A Recording Series
2011 ♥ Route de Frères, a classy recording by Andrew Cyrille and Haitian Fascination, debuted just months before Frisner Augustin, its percussionist, passed away. Amiri Baraka wrote in his album notes, “The group is called Haitian Fascination for a good reason….The drumming flows seamlessly throughout from the hand drum to the set, like the tradition itself.” Hamiet Bluiett, baritone sax | Alix “Tit” Pascal, acoustic guitar | Lisle Atkinson, double bass | Andrew Cyrille, drums | Frisner Augustin, percussion and vocals
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Catch clip from track 10, “Spirit Music,” on YouTube.
2014 ♥ The Intimate Touch, From Frisner with Love, a solo audio recording by Frisner Augustin, features a wide range of hand-drumming styles. A previously unreleased set of tracks by the Master, The Intimate Touch offers bliss and a cerebral massage to the connoisseur of fine drumming. Cover photo by Chantal Regnault, design by Kesler Pierre.
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2021 ♥ Èzili, a remastering of Makandal’s 1986 album, eight tracks with nearly two dozen songs. The album highlights Frisner Augustin’s experiments with Vodou jazz. Dedicated to Èzili Freda, a love spirit of West African provenance, it miraculously survived an apartment fire just months before its first release. Cover photo by Fuminori Sato, design by Lois Wilcken.
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2021 ♥ Prepare, a re-release of Makandal’s 2004 album, seven tracks with more than two dozen songs. Frisner Augustin began work on the album in 2003 in anticipation of the bicentennial of Haiti’s independence. Its title song addresses the ounsi (Vodou initiate). In using the song, Augustin drew a parallel between the birth of the personality during the Vodou kanzo (initiation) and the birth of a free nation of citizens. Cover photo by Chantal Regnault, design by Lois Wilcken.
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2022 ♥ “Vodou Jazz” (single) Frisner Augustin composed “Vodou Jazz” in tribute to his ancestors. The drum ensemble piece exploits jazz-like sonorities within the framework of Vodou’s zepòl, a drumming and dance style named for its rapid flutter of the shoulders (French, “les épaules”)—like a bird in flight. Augustin recorded “Vodou Jazz” with Makandal in 1986 for the album Èzili but held it off for a later time. That time has come.
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Keep an ear out in 2023 for more Vodou jazz from Makandal, past and present.
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Featured image from The Intimate Touch album notes: transcription detail from the track “Triptik.” Created by Doctor Loïs using Sibelius.
Will you get XL t-shirts again? I need an XL.
Hi Joan! We don’t have XL anymore. I’m in Haiti until March 27. When do you need the shirt? I can certainly place an order from here, but I’m not sure who could fill it for you.
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Thank you so much for your kind words, Malone! It’s encouraging to read positive feedback, and helpful to receive constructive criticism, too. You might also want to check Makandal’s new frisneraugustinarchive.org. It’s just up, and very much a work in progress, but with lots more coming. And yes, search engines can be puzzling. Thank you again!
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