Régléman (Mi5 Recordings, 2007)
The Haitian diaspora has been introducing western audiences to different forms of Afro-Haitian music in the past decades. Although most of what is heard is dance music, such as kompá, there are also musicians making sacred music. This is known as vodou.
Erol Josué is a vodou priest who sings contemporary vodou music. His voice soars seamlessly over the trance-like beats. His line-up includes uses vocals, chorus, percussion, keyboards and electric guitars. Although some of his lyrics are sacred, he also sings about important social issues.
Based in New York, Erol Josué is introducing North American to fis type of revitalized vodou music. Check him out.
More information: Haitian Erol Josué Talks About His New Electro Vodou CD.
Author: Angel Romero
Angel Romero y Ruiz has been writing about world music and progressive music for many years. He founded the websites worldmusiccentral.org and musicasdelmundo.com. Angel co-produced “Musica NA”, a music show for Televisión Española (TVE) in Spain that featured an eclectic mix of world music, fusion, electronica, new age and contemporary classical music. Angel also produced and remastered world music and electronic music albums, compilations and boxed sets for Alula Records, Ellipsis Arts, Music of the World, Lektronic Soundscapes, and Mindchild Records. He was also the executive producer of the first Latino feature film made in North Carolina titled “Los sueños de Angélica.”.