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Acclaimed Haitian Roots Band RAM Reveals May 2019 Tour

RAM – Photo by David Gaar

Haitian roots band RAM has announced its 2019 United States tour featuring over a dozen shows. The tour will begin in New Orleans on May 18th and will continue along the east coast until June 1st.

Recently, RAM released its 7th album, “August 1791,” where ancient African and Haitian drums intertwine with electric guitar riffs and Caribbean melodies.

RAM – August 1791

Tour Dates:

5/18 at Bayou Boogalo Festival – New Orleans, LA

5/18 at West Bank Haitian Community Flag Day Festival – New Orleans, LA

5/19 at Ardenland Club – Jackson, MS

5/20 at Grey Eagle Club – Asheville, NC

5/21 at Lake Eden Arts Festival – Black Mountain, NC

5/22 at The Southern Café and Music Hall – Charlottesville, VA

5/23 at John and Peters Club – New Hope, PA

5/24 at Union Station Ballroom – Northampton, MA

5/25 at Moseley’s Ballroom – Boston, MA

5/26 at MYST Hookah Lounge – Philadelphia, PA

5/29 at State House Club – New Haven, CT

5/30 at SOBs Club – New York, NY

5/31 at Alumni Battle of the Bands (Princeton University) – Princeton, NJ

6/01 at Reign Club – Pembroke Pines, FL


RAM, an Effervescent Laboratory for Traditional Music Investigation

RAM – August 179

RAM – August 1791 (Willibelle, 2018)

RAM, one of the leading Haitian roots music bands celebrates the slave revolt in Haiti on August 1791. The title of the album indicates the year that Haitians started their rebellion against brutal French colonial oppression.

The group is led by vocalist Richard Auguste Morse (RAM) and features family members as well as some of the best players in the Haitian capital. The overall sound is a mix of irresistible Afro-Haitian voodoo percussion, call and response vocals, captivating choruses, rock guitar and keyboards, and African-American funk influences.


The lineup includes Lunise Morse on lead and backing vocals; Richard Morse on lead and backing vocals; Chenel Belizaire on kone (horn) and percussion; Emmanuel Jules on kone and percussion; Wichemon Thelus on tanbu (barrel drum); William Morse on rhythm guitar and backing vocals; Max Blanc on drum kit and backing vocals; Yonel Vendredi on lead guitar and backing vocals; Willy Calixte on bass and backing vocals.

Additional musicians include Dieveut Thelus on tanbu; Medard on kone and percussion; Romane Boniface on kone and percussion; Mackenson Jules on kone and percussion; anis St. Fleur on backing vocals; Wilson Emmanuel on bass; Esaus Augustin on keyboards and backing vocals; and Andrew Weiss on bass and keyboards.


RAM to Perform at Little Haiti Cultural Center in Miami


Haitian roots (misik rasin) band RAM is set to perform on November 5, 2016 at Little Haiti Cultural Center in Miami. RAM is based in Port-Au-Prince, Haiti. RAM 6: Manman m se Ginen, the new album from RAM includes many moods and styles, rooted in vodoo rhythms.

RAM started performing in 1990, and released its first album, Aïbobo, in 1993. The band’s music features traditional vodoo lyrics and musical instruments, for instance rara horns and petwo drums, into modern dance music and rock sung in Kreyol and English.

Buy RAM 6: Manman m se Ginen