Break the Chain

Break the Chain

by Rara Machine



A band that has made some impressive contributions to the Haitian music scene of the 1990s, Rara Machine uses a variety of influences advantageously on the captivating Break the Chain. Haiti's musical heritage (including the music used in voodoo ceremonies) is a key influence, but the band also draws on modern African pop and Afro-Caribbean calypso and soca, as well as Afro-American soul and funk on this infectious and uplifting music. The CD's informative liner notes point out the creative impact voodoo culture has had on Rara Machine founder Clifford Sylvain (who was 27 when it was recorded) and remind us that voodoo isn't necessarily connected to black magic and the occult (a widely held misconception outside of Haiti).

Product Details

Release Date: 11/26/1991
Label: Shanachie
UPC: 0016351643827
catalogNumber: 64038


  1. Menyo Here They Are
  2. Rara Mouvé a Mean Rara
  3. Banmwenlanmou Give Me Love
  4. Man Man Pimba Hot, Spicy Woman
  5. Ibo (An African Tribe)
  6. Woulé Turning Around
  7. Lina (A Beautiful Woman)
  8. Kase Chenn Break the Chain
  9. Zetwal a Star

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Rara Machine   Primary Artist
Yves Abel   Bass
Sheila Degraff   Vocals,Background Vocals,Dancer
Ti'Plume Ricardo Franck   Guitar,Vocals,Background Vocals
Donald Guillaume   Drums,Background Vocals
Jephté Guillaume   Bass,Background Vocals
Clifford Sylvain   Percussion,Conga,Leader,Vocals,Background Vocals,Djembe,Bamboo Flute
Gerald Sylvain   Conga,Background Vocals
Florence "Zhea" Caze   Background Vocals
Syd Judah   Trumpet
Sabrina Koldjensen   Background Vocals
Nadie Pressage   Background Vocals
Richard Soline   Background Vocals,Dancer
Sheena Rock   Vocals

Technical Credits

Eric Lynch   Engineer
Clifford Sylvain   Arranger,Producer,Contributor,Liner Notes,drum machine
Randall Grass   Producer
Fred Carlson   Artwork

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