Prepare to be blown away: hear the passionate melodies, wild harmonies and richly textured arrangements of these ten inspiring vocalists from Cuba, the most original vocal sound to come out of the island in a long while.
The Creole Choir's Cuban name Desandann means literally 'descendents' and with songs like Papa Danbala, Tand or Liman Casimir, they tell the stories of their Haitian ancestors who were brought to Cuba to work in near slave conditions in the sugar and coffee plantations until the 1959 Revolution.
The vibrant ten piece group, consisting of five men and five women, are a cornucopia of remarkable voices energetically moving and dancing as they sing songs handed down from former generations and from groups of the contemporary Haitian scene.
Desandann emerged out of the choir in 1994, a difficult time for Cubans when the economy fell into a black hole after the end of support from the Soviet Union. While times were hard, the singers were encouraged by re-claiming the traditions of their families, "For us music is like food, it feeds the spirit and is a major inspiration for everyday life". From laments to protest songs like Tand permeated by the homesickness of exile and the eternal dream of returning 'home', to ritual prayers and celebratory freedom dances each song tells a powerful Haitian story kept alive in Cuba.
The Creole Choir have taken these songs back to Haiti where their enthusiastic reception at festivals around the island has inspired them to learn direct from Haitian artists. As they sing Eden Chant -- Listen to us!
Event: The Creole Choir of Cuba
Date: Wednesday March 30, 2011 at 7.30pm
Venue: The Events Centre, Caloundra
Prices: Adult $50, Concession $47, Groups 10+ $46, Child $39, Single Members $45, Double Members $45
More information: 07 5491 4240
The Events Centre, Caloundra
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