RARA Vodou, Power and Performance

RARA Video

"RARA" ©Verna Gillis

Here you can watch a very informative 15-minute video documentary on Rara. It was produced by Gail Pellet and Verna Gillis, director of the organization Soundscape, in New York City. Ms. Gillis first encountered Haitian Rara when she visited the island to record and film its folk music in the late 1970's. In 1978, she completed this videotape about Rara, which was first shown at the Brooklyn Museum as part of a show on Haitian art. Ms. Gillis also recorded an album of carnival music from Haiti and the Dominican Republic, which was issued by Folkways, called "Caribbean Revels: Haitian Rara and Dominican Gaga."

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