Photography: Soul Jazz chronicles Haitian Vodou, Sex, Death and Revolution
‘Kanaval: Vodou, Politics, and Revolution on the Streets of Haiti’ combines stunning photographs (by Leah Gordon) with unique oral histories, as well as cultural, historical and anthropological essays. You can pre-order the book here.
Vodou, sex, death and revolution are key ingredients in the stunning themes and visual imagery of the street theatre of Kanaval in Jacmel, Haiti, where the men drag-up, wear diabolic cow horns, whip lassos and carry around dismembered doll parts.
Light years away from the sanitized corporate-sponsored tourist parades of carnival throughout the world, this event is a vessel for everyday Haitians to shock and sexualize through masquerade, to mock local politicians, replay the slave revolt that gave birth to Haiti, the world’s first Black Republic, and to commune with the dead, with both personal and historical ancestors.
To coincide with the release of this book, Soul Jazz are also releasing a CD: ‘Rara in Haiti: Street Music of Haiti’. The CD was recorded in Port au Prince, and captures Rara: the anarchic, vibrant street music of Haiti, where singers and musicians blow metre-long hollow plastic pipes and metal horns to the accompaniment of drums. You can preorder the album and get more info here.
‘Kanaval: Vodou, Politics, and Revolution on the Streets of Haiti’ is out 9tyh July on Soul Jazz through Inertia
‘Rara in Haiti: Street Music of Haiti’ is out 2 July on Soul Jazz through Inertia