BAKOULOU consists of over a dozen musicians and dancers drawn from the cream of Haiti's voodoo-based hand drumming music scene, including five master drummers whose hand-carved instruments speak form the soul of the countryside. Claudomy Clodel writes the majority of the songs drawing freely both from traditional material and out of his interior perspective as a native of Jacmel. BAKOULOU's sound is rooted in the ancient drum rhythms of African slaves infused with the experience of repression. The band draws power and inspiration from the cultural and historical richness of the land.
BAKOULOU came out with its first performance in the 1999 Carnival in Jacmel, Haiti. This was a tremendous accomplishment in such a short period of time. The group has long been based in Lakou Gariche in Kalafon performing for visitors, as well as local types. BAKOULOU recently recorded its first album and several performances are scheduled outside of Haiti to include the United States and Guadeloupe. BAKOULOU'S performance at the Jacmel, National Carnival, held in Jacmel, Haiti, generated a strong response form the media covering the event. The BAKOULOU family remains committed to Haiti's future fortunes. "With all the negative connotations associated with Haiti, it is nice to be able to do something that puts Haiti in a positive light.", comments Marcelle, "there is such an incredible rich and wonderful cultural record here. There are so many layers to get to."
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