CD Edition Pierre Verger: Islands of the Sun - From Haiti to Trinidad (CD 1205358),
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Edition Pierre Verger: Islands of the Sun - From Haiti to Trinidad

  • 1. Calypso Non Stop - Various Artists
    2. Yo - Marie-Line Dahomay/Various Artists
    3. Rythme Osun - Various Artists
    4. Haiti Cherie - Various Artists
    5. Have You a Little Some - Various Artists
    6. Canto a los Reyes, Le - Los Angeles Prietos/Various Artists
    7. Man Man Moin - Various Artists
    8. Eloi O - Marie-Line Dahomay/Various Artists
    9. Denise - Various Artists
    10. Love Story - Various Artists
    11. Chant et Rythme Elegua - Various Artists
    12. Rankont' - Marie-Line Dahomay/Various Artists
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 66532

  • Credits

    Photographer: Pierre Verger.
    Translator: Mary Pardoe.
    Arranger: Roger Fixy.
    From Haiti, Trinidad, Guadalupe, and Puerto Rico come a series of pieces from the Caribbean region. Islands of the Sun -- From Haiti to Trinidad opens up with a marathon session of steel band music, followed immediately by the relatively rare gwo ka style from Haiti, an old slave form used originally for communication across languages. Bata drumming from Cuba makes a quick appearance (and will again later in the album, along with some chanting to Elegua). A handful of compas songs come and go, mixed in with more steel band and another musical rarity of sorts: aguinaldo from Puerto Rico. The music performed here isn't generally by the big names in the various styles, or even necessarily the best players. Nonetheless, the rarities you'll hear on this album are something worthwhile. Haitian albums will normally be full of compas and merengue, Puerto Rican albums will be full of modern pop, jibaro, and some random conjunto groups playing an assortment of other pieces. Give it a listen for the rarities, but the other pieces aren't too bad either. ~ Adam Greenberg

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