Music by Boukman Eksperyans, Vwadezil
You Tube | Haiti Chery
In Haiti, the musical groups compose tunes especially for the year’s carnival and compete for best composition. The songs below are three of the top Carnaval 2012 songs: all of them indictments of the state of affairs. Some of the musicians have been assaulted for their social commentary, but who is complaining? Their words are: courage, fight on! By all means, drop all inhibition and dance. Watch the videos from start to finish. Hang on through all the musical changes, even if the tempo is slow at first. If your hips aren’t eventually spinning at an exuberant 250 Hz, you need more practice. In Haiti, this is how we warm up when we mean business. We’re not partying to forget, but to remember. Truth does not take away our joy. Can you think of a better reason to help others than to make merry with them?
“Haiti stand up!
Let us see MINUSTAH’s ass march away…
Dessaline’s country isn’t for MINUSTAH!
Haitians won’t be divided!”
“Courage! Hang on, don’t let go!”
Interesting goings on in the NGO’s office…
“Don’t ask your parents to give you a metaphor,
Ask the ministers… about the cholera… MINUSTAH… about the rapes…
I can’t give you a metaphor.”
The city of Cayes is the official host of Carnaval 2012 (Feb 19-21), with some events in Jacmel. Port-au-Prince received no support this year.
The U.S. Navy ship Swift HSV 2 is in Haiti as part a supposed humanitarian Southern Command Southern Partnership Station 2012 (Southcom SPS 12). Yeah. Sure.
Sources: Haiti Chery (introduction, assembly)| Rapadoo Observateur (some photos)
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