Chouk Bwa

Chouk Bwa is a traditional Haitian roots band — Mizik Rasin. Their music consists of the essential elements of Vodou: rhythms, songs and dances. These are the roots, torn from Africa, replanted in a new country, Haiti.

Chouk Bwa has developed a repertoire of songs full of Vodou mysticism but whose form is very distinct from ceremonial music. Songs are a blend of traditional songs and compositions by Jean Claude Sambaton Dorvil. They keep the tradition of previous groups like Boukman Eksperyans, Boukan Ginen, or Rasin Mapou de Azor alive. However, in comparison to their predecessors, the band has chosen not to add new instruments so that its ties to the original elements of the Vodou culture are stronger than ever.

The drummers are unanimously recognised in the Vodou triangle of Badio-Souvenance-Soukri as masters of the drum. Their knowledge of the pantheon of Vodou rhythms is encyclopaedic, as Chouk Bwa’s debut album demonstrates. The dancers have a similar type of knowledge as the drummers and don’t dance according to a set choreography.

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“The show was, simply stated, every drummer’s paradise; any of us could have died during the show and considered it a fitting end to a life well lived!” – Connect Savannah

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