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Alan Lomax


Alan Lomax’s Haitian diary

From “The Breaking of the Cakes” (an epiphany ceremony). January, 1937 Courtesy of the Association for Cultural Equity [The] use of a Christian date for a Vodou ceremony is typical of the whole Haitian religious complex here. For example, the official church lithographs of the saints form the principal wall decoration for every Vodou altar, [...]


  Haiti’s lost music

In 1936, American ethnomusicologist Alan Lomax preserved Haiti’s cultural identity in more than 1,500 audio and film recordings. Need to Know traveled with his daughter, Anna Lomax Wood, to watch and listen as she carried on the legacy of her father’s work by bringing the lost melodies back to a quake-zone community.

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