Tag Archives: Haitian Music

Call the Drum Spirit Community Forum

Friday, June 24, 7 pm The Great Room (2nd floor) of South Oxford Space 138 South Oxford Street, Fort Greene, Brooklyn (map) Makandal presents a community brase lide (brah-say lee-day, Haitian Kreyòl for brainstorming session) led by writers, scholars, cultural … Continue reading

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Call the Drum Spirit! Rele Ountò!

The Third Annual Frisner Augustin Memorial Drum Concert Saturday, June 25, 8 PM Roulette, 509 Atlantic Avenue at Third Avenue, Downtown Brooklyn (map) Who’s Playing? Bonga and Tiga Makandal Drummers with Taïna Ligondé Brother High Dreamteam Fulltempo What’s Screening? Video documentary … Continue reading

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Tales from the Archive: The Intimate Touch

From The Intimate Touch album notes: “We can continue hearing pulses grouped in fours….Or, we can hear a shift from pulses grouped in fours to pulses grouped in threes: beginning on the second pulse of the third beat in measure … Continue reading

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Tales from the Archive: Vodou in the Voodoo Theatre*

She was planning the program with good intentions. “Do it just like you do it at home,” Verna Gillis told Frisner as we met with her in the run-up to our first performance at Soundscape, her loft in the Manhattan … Continue reading

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Tales from the Archive: A Day for Frisner, a Day for Haitian Culture

“Because of the drum, that’s why I can be here today. “I remember the time I struggled in Haiti. A lot of people used to talk bad about the culture, the roots. But today is going to be my day, … Continue reading

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Tales from the Archive: The Fire Tape

His hands gripped the steering wheel as he cut his eyes off the road to fix them on mine. “The tape.” I didn’t have to wonder what Frisner was talking about. In the summer of 1986 Makandal had been hard … Continue reading

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Tales from the Archive: Take Your Time

Frisner Augustin’s drum students knew his “Take your time” as a mantra, but few could articulate what he meant by it. Most assumed he was talking about tempo, or speed. For example, the tempo is sixty beats per minute, and you’re … Continue reading

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