The new volume of the Rough Guide is dedicated to voodoo and the music that, in different ways, are associated with this complex (and still viable) ritual practice. The sound landscape that offers us is vast and includes many genres of music and artists from different musical extraction.
The repertoire includes rituals music of Haitian voodoo, Cuban Santeria, Brazilian Candomble, as well as traditional songs of the African Diaspora and New Orleans.
Regarding instead the artists that were included in the collection, we can say that well represent the complexity of the topic. In fact, the “Rough Guide to voodoo” includes not only popular singers and actors directly connected to this religious practice, but also musicians who have reinterpreted some of the songs that represent the expressive scenario of voodoo. In this context, the presence of ethno-jazz and, in general, commercial scene musicians, such as Baden Powell, Vinicius de Moreas, Maria Bethania and Dr. John, with the Haitian singer Toto Bissainthe, the Afro-Cuban singer Lazaro Ros and Erol Josue – “The Prince of Haitian Roots Music” and at the same time “Houngan”, that is “Vodou priest” – make the anthology not only a compendium on gender, but also an example of how vehicular, complex musical forms (out of a context so marginal as unique).
Also, as you can read in the dedicated page, the collection demonstrates that voodoo – and then, in full, a particular ritual practice strongly marked in social terms – and the productions of expression through which has taken shape, have an uncommon intrinsic resistance. Even continued to thrive despite the many types of repression carried out over the centuries.
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