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The Ayida Group, a troupe folklorique of Port-au-Prince that sprung (with many similar troops) out of a 1930�s��40s social movement revaluing traditional cultural practices as critical artistic expression, demonstrates religious and dance musics associated with the deities of vodoun. In addition, a blind troubadour and the Jazz Majestic play popular m�ringue-s and an itinerant Rara band comprised of saxophone, trumpet, drums and whistle plays in the streets for the pre-Mardi Gras festival. Folklorist, ethnographer and ethnomusicologist Harold Courlander, known for his important early work documenting the �vast unwritten literature, dances, music� of the Haitian peasants, released these field recordings from the urban cities and mountain villages of Haiti before nearly any other recordings were available. Instrument(s) Banjo; Cha-Chas; Drum; Guitar; Tambourine (Drum); Trumpet; Whistle.
Year of Recording 1952.
Record Label Folkways Records.
Source Archive Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage.
Credits Recorded by Harold Courlander ; Design by Ronald Clyne.
101 C� Moin Ayida (Z�paule Dance) The Ayida Group 2:59.
102 Ayida D�esse Arc en Ciel (Mahi Dance) The Ayida Group 2:06.
103 Ayida Pas Nan B�tise (P�tro Dance) The Ayida Group 2:27.
104 Vive le Roi (Martinique Dance) The Ayida Group 2:11.
105 Mambo Ayida (Congo Dance) The Ayida Group 1:57.
106 Legba Aguator (Nago Dance) The Ayida Group 3:32.
201 Ang�lique Oh (Jerico) Blind minstrel with guitar, young boy with cha-chas 2:46.
202 Balil� (Carnival Music) Wandering Rara band from P�tionville 3:59.
203 Fiol� (Rara Song) Rara band from P�tionville 5:49.
204 Belle Manman (Meringue) Jazz Majestic Group 3:58.