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Today on Ecléctico you're listening to RAM, a Port-au-Prince-based band that blends its Haitian roots with rock and new wave, a style of music known there and around the world as mizik rasin. You'll go deeper with an excerpt from an article by Piotr Orlov on Pitchfork.
"Negrès Katye Moren" by RAM
2018 | Mizik rasin band from Port-au-Prince, Haiti
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RAM 7: August 1791 is an all-Creole affair, consisting almost entirely of folk and ceremony songs that are deftly intricate (up to nine percussion instruments on some tracks), sonically blasphemous (fuzzy metallic electric guitar tones square off with single-note tin rara horns), and full of sharp rhythmic turns. The central joy of this album, which is named after the month in which Saint Domingue slaves first conceived their uprising against French colonists, is how naturally it melds the past and the future, consistently West African in its Haitian-ness as it strives to define the future sound of traditionalism.