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29559: Hermantin(News)For Haitians, speaking out is a rasin-d'etre (fwd)

From: leonie hermantin <lhermantin@hotmail.com>

For Haitians, speaking out is a rasin-d'etre

by David Cazares

November 17, 2006

Some of Haiti's most celebrated bands will be in South Florida on Nov. 25 for Rasin Fest, the annual Haitian roots music festival at Miami's Bayfront Park, 301 Biscayne Blvd.

The annual festival celebrates the Haitian musical style rasin, a sound that emerged from the fusion of African religious practices with Christianity. The genre, also an outlet for the political frustrations and hopes of many Haitians, has gained worldwide popularity in the last few decades. In large part this is because of the success of Boukman Eksperyans, which headlines the festival.

Boukman Eksperyans was founded by band leader Theodore "Lolo" Beaubrun Jr. and family members. They wanted to revive the music that had fallen out of favor during the regime of the Duvalier family. Roots music, long rejected by the middle class, was almost abandoned with the emergence in the 1950s of kompas as the music of choice.

The award-winning group, named for the leader of a slave uprising, mixes Caribbean and African rhythms with songs sung in Creole. Its members weave traditional Haitian drumming and melodies with modern instruments. They sing of peace, unity and change.

They helped spark Haiti's transition from military rule to democracy in 1990 with the song Kem'-M Pa Sote (I'm Not Afraid). It criticized Haiti's corrupt military government.

Jean-Claude Duvalier's fall amid a groundswell of popular opposition helped revive rasin. Many groups began combining rock and other modern genres with traditional rhythms. It also sparked a new wave of political songwriting by groups such as Kanpech, which also performs at Rasin Fest.

Kanpech stayed in Haiti while other groups left the country to perform and record. The band often staged unannounced concerts, and its music was dubbed and passed through Haiti's underground.

Other scheduled performers include Djackout, T Vice, Rev, Azor and Nu Look. The festival runs from 2 p.m. to midnight. Tickets, $25 in advance and $35 at the gate, are available from area stores. Contact rasinfest.com or 305-757-9555.

Staff writer David Cázares' Latin/world beat column appears every other week in Showtime. Write to World Beat, Sun-Sentinel, 200 E. Las Olas Blvd., Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301. E-mail dcazares@sun-sentinel.com or call 954-356-4207.

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