RARA Vodou, Power and Performance

The Music and Dance Of Rara
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Rara Boys

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Three Lengths of Bambou Walking

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Rara colonel holds his whip

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Raramen play konet and bamboo

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Video Screen ShotWomen's dance solos. Each dancer improvises her own solo; these are dances energetic young people might do in Carnival or Rara.

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Video Screen ShotIn this Rara in the mountains above Petionville, you can see a young Queen and two Kings dance the mazoun.

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Video Screen ShotRara Ya Seizi in the Artibonite has a jam session in the morning before they set out to play. They're really grooving here!

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Video Screen ShotRAM Rara show, in the mid 1990s. The troupe RAM gives a folkloric performance of Rara; here is their entrance onto the stage.

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Video Screen ShotThe RAM dance troupe develops a choreography reminiscent of the French minuets of the colonial era.

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Video Screen ShotRara dance footwork. RAM dancers do the mazoun, the fancy footwork that is the dance of Rara royalty.

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Video Screen ShotRara king and queen dance the mazoun together; see the footwork.

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Video Screen ShotRara konet players' fancy footwork. Really good horn players in a Rara will develop steps to along with their playing. You better believe this takes a lot of air and a good pair of lungs!

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Video Screen ShotMen's dance solos. These two have a great routine going.

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