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Caribbean Revels: Haitian Rara & Dominican Gaga
     

Caribbean Revels: Haitian Rara & Dominican Gaga

 
Rara and Gaga are basically the same thing -- vaudou-related Easter parade music using (traditionally) African-derived single-note shawms, and -- quite often these days -- trumpets and saxes as well as percussion. Gaga is distinct from rara to the extent that the Haitian minority in the Dominican Republic has developed its own traditions. Both branches are exuberantly

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Rara and Gaga are basically the same thing -- vaudou-related Easter parade music using (traditionally) African-derived single-note shawms, and -- quite often these days -- trumpets and saxes as well as percussion. Gaga is distinct from rara to the extent that the Haitian minority in the Dominican Republic has developed its own traditions. Both branches are exuberantly documented here through street recordings of both traditional and trumpet-led examples. Joyous stuff from a beleaguered people.

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Release Date:
07/13/1992
Label:
Smithsonian Folkways
UPC:
0093074040225
catalogNumber:
40402
Rank:
190067

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