In September 2016 Haitian vodou band Chouk Bwa met the Brussels based producer duo The Ångströmers. This new project combines new dub sensitivity with Haitian rhythm science and spirituality.
Modular synths and other vintage electronic instruments bring another dimension to Chouk Bwa’s music, although obviously it is always the band’s groove and fluent tempo that leads the energy of the ensemble: no laptops, no drum machines, no turntables. There are certain freedoms that cannot be coerced.
Even more, the electronic instruments are wired directly to the drums that feed them with impacts and caresses. The idea is of expanding the acoustic sounds of the instruments through electronics or effects. All the Vodou families are there with their many rhythms and songs. This is radical Vodou roots for urban audiences.
This new ensemble has performed in 2018 at Siestes Electroniques (Toulouse, FR), Eastern Daze (Gent, BE), Explore the North (Leeuwarden, NL) and in 2019 at Trans Musicales de Rennes among other gigs.