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8461: RAM in UK paper (fwd)

From: Tttnhm@aol.com

Loafer's guide  - Voodoo - The Observer (UK Sunday newspaper), June 24, 2001

Ah! 'Do do that voodoo that you do...'? 
All right already. We're not talking Cole Porter here. Britain is about to 
fall under a new spell, courtesy of RAM, Haiti's leading voodoo-rock group 
and an exhibition of voodoo art. 

And do RAM do voodoo? 
The preferred spelling is vodou, but since you ask, the 13-piece band does 
traditional vodou drums and the bamboo trombones which summon the gods, along 
with heavy-rock electric guitar and keyboards. They mix religious traditions 
with rock, and the Creole and English lyrics are clues to Haiti's struggles 
to overcome years of corruption and dictatorship. So, as well as touring 
England and Wales with material from their new album, Kite Yo Pale (Let Them 
Talk) they will give a benefit concert at Stratford Circus (020 8279 1000) on 
1 July for Plan International, the fostering agency which works with Haitian 
children. Band leader Richard Morse is a Haitian-American former punk rocker 
who bought the famous Oloffson Hotel in Port-au-Prince from a vodou priest 
for $20, and turned it into a haven for artists and political commentators. 

Wasn't that the hotel Graham Greene used in his novel The Comedians? 
The same. Now you'll find the likes of Andy Kershaw or film director Jonathan 
Demme propping up the bar. It's become a popular watering hole for the 
intrepid world traveller, art collectors and music fans - RAM play there on 
Thursdays. At their last gig, three clubbers succumbed to the vodou drumming 
and keeled over, possessed. 

Like the proverbial zombies? 
More folk myths! But elements of Haitian religion are seldom far from its 
art. In Bath, the Erzuli Gallery (01225 470 025), named after a vodou 
goddess, is showcasing artefacts like sequinned flags and bottles and 
paintings inspired by vodou modern folk artists. Haitian painter Patrick 
Boucard, a student at Central Saint Martins, is co-owner. His current work 
explores the notorious cult of the zombie, the so-called living dead. 

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