Even though the environment seems to be fairly good for agriculture and – as the neighbors proof – almost perfect for travelling, Haïti has started to suffer long before the earthquake in January 2010. To me this country is a bad example of how human beings (and social systems) can completely fuck it up. Clearly colonialism and other external factors have a big influence on this situation. Now again, the Haïtian society seems to be far from working, too, and it makes me sad to see so many suffering from this.
By contrast, the brand new sampler ‘Haïti Direct: Big Band, Mini Jazz & Twoubadou Sounds, 1960–1978’ pictures the beauty of this country and it’s people. Like many songs from my musical paradise Panama, you’ll find various influences from the Americas and (Western) Africa, though it has a stronger accent on Caribbean music, of course. I love that. And I love Cumbia. Here you go for a not-from-this-world-10-minute-gem by the Ensemble Meridional des Cayes. If you like it, I highly recommend to buy the whole album. Calma Pelèrin is only one of many pearls.