Holylands

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All Music Guide - Alex Henderson
In the U.S., Haitian voodoo is often associated with black magic. But in truth, not all voodoo ceremonies involve the occult. A New York band that surfaced in the mid-1990s, Noo Voo Doo has tried to counter the stereotypical image Americans tend to have of voodoo. The unpredictable Holylands isn't traditional Haitian music, but rather is best described as conceptual pop
ock and soul/pop with African, Haitian and Afro-Caribbean elements. While the overall sound of Noo Voo Doo which has a soulful lead singer in Mary Desarle, and sometimes hints at the Neville Brothers is fairly Americanized, the uplifting, deeply spiritual to "You and ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Alex Henderson
In the U.S., Haitian voodoo is often associated with black magic. But in truth, not all voodoo ceremonies involve the occult. A New York band that surfaced in the mid-1990s, Noo Voo Doo has tried to counter the stereotypical image Americans tend to have of voodoo. The unpredictable Holylands isn't traditional Haitian music, but rather is best described as conceptual pop
ock and soul/pop with African, Haitian and Afro-Caribbean elements. While the overall sound of Noo Voo Doo which has a soulful lead singer in Mary Desarle, and sometimes hints at the Neville Brothers is fairly Americanized, the uplifting, deeply spiritual to "You and Me," "Chante" and "Pray for Rain" were inspired by the positive side of Haitian voodoo culture. Visionary and unorthodox, this fine CD was one of early 1997's most memorable releases.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/5/1996
  • Label: FORE REEL
  • UPC: 619107135920
  • Catalog Number: 1359

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 The Spirit of Makaya (6:55)
  2. 2 Pray for Rain (5:11)
  3. 3 You and Me (5:04)
  4. 4 The Father & The Son (5:08)
  5. 5 Chanté (5:33)
  6. 6 Sanctuary (4:58)
  7. 7 Act of Faith (5:26)
  8. 8 My God (6:24)
  9. 9 Hell We're Livin (4:33)
  10. 10 Blockade (6:25)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Noovoodoo Primary Artist, Primary Artist, Primary Artist
Naná Vasconcelos Percussion, Voices
Andreu Johnny Almendra Bongos, Maracas
Crispin Cioe Saxophone
Jimmy Daniel Percussion, Drums, Timbales, Agogo, cowbell, Kata Drum, Segon Tambou
Gordon Gaines Guitar
Gaston Jean-Baptiste Drums, Segon Tambou
Sherryl Marshall Background Vocals
Bryan Martin Keyboards
Jorge Alfano Flute
Alfonzo Smith Bass
Luis Raúl Romero Guitar
Jocel Almeus Keyboards, Vocals, Background Vocals
Anita Bing Background Vocals
Ives Boyer Bass, Kone
Waldo Chavez Bass, Background Vocals
Johanna Daughtrey Background Vocals
Vladimir Felix Guitar
Alfredo Hidrovo Drums, Background Vocals, Udu
M.B. Singley Background Vocals
Bentin Tranquille Kone
Boulo Valcourt Background Vocals
Jon Vercesi Keyboards, Background Vocals
Mary de Sarle Acoustic Guitar, Guitar, Vocals, Background Vocals
Gisele Jackson Background Vocals
Miquel Jean Baptiste Guitar
Karisma Background Vocals
Rich Cohen Guitar
Technical Credits
Greg Calbi Mastering
Jimmy Daniel Producer, Contributor
Gaston Jean-Baptiste Contributor
Bryan Martin Producer, Engineer
Gregory Burke Digital Art
Ives Boyer Contributor
Todd Hemleb Engineer
Alfredo Hidrovo Contributor
Bentin Tranquille Contributor
Brian Martin Producer
Jimmy Daniel Producer
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