All posts by Adolf Alzuphar


Your Ticket To… Rasin Music

Your Ticket To… Rasin Music

Rasin music is Haitian Vodou music (drums and bells forming traditional rhythms, accompanied by traditional lyrics sung in service to a Vodou spirit) shaped into commercial art. It takes on a multitude of shapes: modernist, postmodern, folklore, according to the times in which the music was produced and marketed. In...
Interview: Bal Kontredans Violon Léogane (October 2016)

Interview: Bal Kontredans Violon Léogane (October 2016)

Whether it be called kwaze les 8, kontredans, or bal violon, Haiti’s contra-dance tradition is for the most part unknown by the world at large. Most focus either on the blackness or the poverty of the island, without realising Haitian culture shares plenty of similarities with Europe’s culture, though with...
Interview: Franketienne (July 2016)

Interview: Franketienne (July 2016)

I recently spoke via email with Franketienne about Haitian music through an intermediary, his wife Marie-Andree. Franketienne is Haiti’s greatest living writer, and has been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize. Franketienne is also a singer and though he has not recorded much other than a phenomenal musical adaptation of...