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Friday, September 28, 2018 at 4:30pm
Lincoln Hall, B21
Dept of Music, 101 Lincoln Hall, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY 14853-4101, USA
RAM Haitian Dance Band is based at the famous Hotel Oloffson in Port-au-Prince and led by the hotel's owner Richard A. Morse. Their style of mizik rasin combines elements of Haitian Vodou and folkloric traditions with a variety of musical influences, from Caribbean and West-African dance rhythms to rock and roll. The workshop will festure an introduction to rhythm and dance associated with Rara.
Additionally, Elena Guzman, PhD candidate in the department of Anthropology, will talk about her fieldwork with a Rara band in Anse-a-Pitres, Haiti, and the socio-political context of Rara in the community. Her dissertation research is focused on Haitian and Dominican history, relations, and identity on the border of Hispaniola through performative spaces such as carnival, and the spiritual practices of Rara and Gaga in both countries.