March 3: Haitian Music from Vodou to Gospel, from Rara to Hip Hop

The Center for Traditional Music and Dance is pleased to present The Sounds of Immigrant New York, a ten-part free lecture series at venues around the boroughs presenting leading scholars discussing the continuity and development of diverse music and dance traditions in New York City’s immigrant communities.
The Sounds of Immigrant New York continues on Thursday, March 3rd with Haitian Music from Vodou to Gospel, Rara to Hip Hop, a lecture by researcher and scholar Dr. Elizabeth McAlister (Wesleyan University). McAlister earned her Ph.D. from Yale in American Studies, with expertise in Afro-Caribbean religions. Her first book is Rara! Vodou, Power, and Performance in Haiti and its Diaspora (2002). Her talk will consider these questions: What sets Haitian music apart from other Caribbean musics? How has Haiti’s fierce politics of independence shaped its musical traditions?  How is music a part of Afro-Creole religious tradition, Christian worship, and Carnival parades? Why did so many Haitian earthquake survivors react to the disaster by singing? The presentation will include sound samples to allow listeners to hear and consider the genius and meanings of a variety of Haitian musical styles.

DATE / TIME: Thursday, March 3rd/ 6pm.
LOCATION:Brooklyn Historical Society, 128 Pierrepont Street, Brooklyn Google Map
Take the N or R to Court Street.
ADMISSION: Free.

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