May 21, 2011

The Creole Choir of Cuba presented by BAM & ¡Sí Cuba! Festival



On one of the final days of the ¡Sí Cuba! Festival, BAM will present the historic US premiere of the Grammy-nominated The Creole Choir of Cuba, a resounding and powerful voice of the African diaspora, comprising Haitian migrants and their descendants. The group’s exuberant, percussion-infused interpretations of Caribbean styles tell stories of survival despite abject poverty, of heroes who defied colonial masters, of ghosts at the crossroads, of enduring love, of homesickness for family, of abandonment but never loss of hope, of mother's laments and prayers, and of the desire for freedom.
BAM Sí Cuba! Festival
BAM Howard Gilman Opera House (30 Lafayette Ave)
Jun 4 at 8pm
Tickets start at $20

The Choir’s signature sound comes from a nurturing revival of music and resistance songspassed down by relatives since the early 19th century; they gradually added modern Haitian influences following their first visit to a Haitian festival in 1996. Led by their director, Emilia Díaz Chávez, the Desandann—or the “Descendants” as they are called by Cuban locals—create richly textured harmonies and deeply meaningful narratives, likening each song to “a small film” filled with vitality, humor, and compassion.

Following The Creole Choir of Cuba performance, the music continues in the BAMcafé with a free concert featuring the Afro-Cuban rock fusion of DelExilio. The musical project of percussionist David Sandoval, DelExilio brings the funk "a lo Cubano,” channeling the rhythm of the Cuban son by mixing rock, hip-hop, and funk with a Cuban cadence and immersing audiences in passionate lyrics sung in Spanish and English. The concert begins at 10pm

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