Boukman Eksperyans

Homebase:Haiti

Genre:Mizik Rasin
Since 1987 Boukman Eksperyans has been sharing their musical rebellion with the world. The name “Boukman Eksperyans” is the combined result of two historical events; the 1791 Slave Revolution at Bwa kay Iman lead by the Vodou Priest Boukman Dutty and the other influence of what is said to be the greatest guitarist of all time; Jimi Hendrix and his band The “Jimi Hendrix Experience”. Boukman Eksperyans is continuing the revolution of Boukman Dutty by sharing Haiti’s history and struggle through social messages in song and dance. Boukman Eksperyans was founded by Théodore “Lòlò” Beaubrun Jr. and his wife Mimerose “Manzè” Beaubrun in August 1978. Lòlò followed the artistic path of this father Théodore Beaubrun better known by the name of ‘Languichatte Débordus’ who was a well-known and respected artist actor and musician in the 1942-1998 in Haiti. Boukman Eksperyans musical style is that of traditional Haitian rhythms which rely heavily on bamboo instruments mixed with the sounds of the electric guitar guitar bass and synthesizer. Within one song one can hear the sounds of Haitian rara peasant songs songs of vodou rituals mixed in a blend of rock blues reggae soukouss funk R & B Coupé Décalé House and more recently hip hop also called “Rapsin”. Boukman’s lyrics focus on political freedom nationalism faith and current Haitian events. In 1990 Boukman Eksperyans aroused the enthusiasm of the public and won the prestigious award for best meringue Carnival song with “kè-M Pa Sote” (I’m not afraid). The song which challenged Haiti’s military rule became their most popular song and is still an all time favorite with those attending Boukman concerts. Subsequent songs like the 1992 carnival song “ Kalfou Danjere” (Dangerous crossroads )“ was deemed too violent by the government and their participation in Haiti’s annual carnival that year was denied. The group started to be subject to censorship from the airwaves. During the American imposed 1994 Embargo on Haiti Boukman went into exile to Jamaica for several months. There the group recorded their third album “Libète! pran pou pran’l” (Freedom let’s take it) at Bob Marley’s Tuff Gong recording studio which was a huge musical inspiration for the band. Up to this day Boukman Eksperyans continues to denounce all forms of social injustice and political oppression. After more than thirty-eigth years of existence and eleven albums to their credit the group continues to lead the musical movement referred to as “Rasin” (Roots). Boukman Eksperyans popularity is not only in Haiti or with the Haitian Diaspora. Boukman is one of a few Haitian musical groups who have been recognized on the international scene and the only Haitian Rasin band that has brought popularity to various vodou rhythms outside of Haiti. Their album “ Vodou Adjae ” was nominated for a Grammy Award in 1991 and has been honored with four stars in Rolling Stone Magazine. The next album “ Kalfou Danjere ” received the title of ‘Best Kreyol Album and ‘Best Rara Album’
Le groupe haïtien Boukman Eksperyans est sans doute l’un des plus représentatifs du mouvement musical haïtien Mizik Rasin. Mizik Rasin (Roots Music) est un genre de musique qui combine des éléments traditionnels de différents styles de musiques haïtiennes, des cérémonies religieuses de vaudou et des identités amérindiennes et africaines, le tout dans un son rock-n-roll.

Performance Lineup:

04/27/2019 8:45 pm LUS Scène Internationale
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