Chouk Bwa Libète
“When they hopped off the stage and into the melee, I saw a couple of hippies nearly keel over from…
joy? Thirst? Authenticity overload? We may never know.”
–Minna Zhou, Spin.com
Chouk Bwa Libète is a traditional Haitian Mizik Rasin—roots music—band. The source of the music is the essential elements of Haitian Vodou: rhythm and dance. These are the roots, torn from Africa, and secretly replanted in a new land.Chouk Bwa Libète’s music is a blend of traditional songs and original compositions by Jean Claude Sambaton Dorvil.
Chouk Bwa Libète’s four drummers, who move freely between rhythms, are keepers of cultural memories. The drummers are unanimously recognized in the Gonaives’ Vodou communities of Lakous Badjo, Souvenance and Soukri as master drummers, and the two dancers Edèle and Maloune do not perform choreography. Instead, their movement relies on the same kind of deep knowledge of Vodou rhythm as the drummers. There is a deep connection between all elements of Chouk Bwa Libète in song and performance.
Continuing the tradition of groups like Boukman Eksperyans, Boukan Ginen, and Rasin Mapou de Azor,Chouk Bwa Libète seeks to carry forward the culturally significant and spiritually profound music of Vodou. However, in contrast to their musical predecessors, Chouk Bwa Libète have chosen not to include additional instruments beyond drums, vocals, and dance, in order to stay closer to the original elements of Vodou culture and music.The Chouk Bwa Libète repertoire is one of songs full of Vodou spirituality, but whose form is also very distinct from ceremonial music– truly, there is no comparison.
With their deeply traditional, spiritual approach, Chouk Bwa Libète will be a unique and powerful performance, not to be missed at the 2017 DCMF.