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|Posted: Wed Jan 30, 2008 9:12 am Post subject: Re: FABRICE ROUZIER'S URGENT WARNING ABOUT CARNAVAL IN HAITI
|kompamagazine wrote: |
|This is PART 2 of our chat with FABRICE ROUZIER. This one is more of an URGENT WARNING to carnaval observers in Haiti and abroad.
FABRICE ROUZIER: "Kanaval has turned into a contest of decibels and not a celebration of Haitian creativity. The bands with the loudest speakers generally "kraze beton an" and not necessarily the bands with the best songs and performances. Kanaval was in its core primarily designed by and for colorful street bands " bann a pye". These groups have been plain and simple excluded of the festivities just because in recent years the
committees have never taken their responsibilities in limiting the
number of DJs and the quantity of speakers and amps that these guys
can put on a stand. The main actors ( the bann a pyes ) cannot compete
against the cacophony on Champs de Mars. Even some lesser equipped
musical floats are drowned by these "DJs".
I have suggested for a long time, among many other things, that :
A) A permanent committee be created with the political will and power
to put a cap on sound ( both on stands and on the floats )among other
things as it is done in Miami, NY or Boston. This would make the
floats' budgets much less and would allow musicians to make money. <
I am dreaming right?
B) All the bands that wish to take part be bound to a specific date to
present their meringue. No explanations needed...< Leu Ti Poul fe dan???
C) The committee treat kanaval as an income generating event by
securing broadcast rights and royalties for musicians and for
themselves and not as a government expense or a "fourrĂ© main" for a
select few.< When pigs fly...right????
Maybe we are all tired of preaching in a desert.
This year i'll skip as i'll be in Miami mixing Belo's next album with
Cheers + Happy and Safe Kanaval,
Mwen dakor avek sa ou di an Frabrice.
"Don't be concerned with how others define you. When they define you, they are limiting themselves, so it's their problem! "E.T.