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by Grupo Vocal Desandann

a cappela, Afro-Cuban-Haitian
Genre: Latin: General
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Lawouze
4:36 $0.99
2. Edem Chante
3:24 $0.99
3. Lamou Rive
2:50 $0.99
4. Cachita
3:45 $0.99
5. Wongolo
3:06 $0.99
6. Guede Nibo
2:08 $0.99
7. La Mal De Travay
3:43 $0.99
8. Se Lavi
1:56 $0.99
9. Maroule
4:27 $0.99
10. Fey
3:29 $0.99
11. Alabans
2:07 $0.99
12. Lumane Casimir
4:30 $0.99
13. Choucoune
2:02 $0.99
14. Haiti Cherie
2:22 $0.99
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Album Notes
Grupo Vocal Desandann is an extraordinary Cuban vocal group of Haitian descent. The ensemble is composed mainly of second and third generation Haitians who were born and raised in Cuba, particularly in Camaguey. They preserve the rich cultural patrimony of their parents' and grandparents' birthplace through music. These artists execute with brilliance the most beautiful folkloric and popular songs of Haiti's yesteryears: the Haiti when Lumane Casimir, Haiti's most celebrated diva in the 1940s, was singing about the beauty of her country and who charmed the tourists with her sensational and magnificent voice. It was the Haiti when love was king.

Grupo Vocal Desandann, with it's unique Creole expression, is a revelation to its listeners. This Haitiano-Cuban musical group possesses a rich and varied repertoire. The nostalgic force of their music has caused some to shed tears. Listening to songs such as Guedé Nibó, Haiti Chérie and Choucoune can give anyone Goosebumps. When they sing Lawouze or Fèy, which features a gay and explosive rustic rhythm called rabòday, even the most timid people will jump to their feet.

The warm and rousing interpretations of Grupo Vocal Desandann's songs bring jubilation and warmth in everyone's heart. We must add that Grupo Vocal Desandann has enhanced the true value and beauty of Haitian music through radio, television and festivals in Cuba and the U.S. Their superb performance in October of 1997 in New York City was a vivid testimony to that exceptional quality they master.



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Thomas Pena

Descendants - Grupo Vocal Desandann
I had the pleasure of seeing Desendann perform at the Toronto Jazz Festival in Toronto, Canada. In truth, there is no substitute for seeing the Desandann live, however, Descendants is the next best thing to seeing them in person. For more on the group see Jane Bunnett's documentary film, Cuban Odyssey.
Desandann has built its repuation on intepreting Haitian folkloric music, however, there is nothing they can't do. Within the framework of Jane Bunnet's band, they performed jazz, R & B and hip-hop!
In a word, they are BAD (as in good). The group recently returned to Camaguey, Cuba, however, if they ever return to the US and are performing at a venue near you, don't miss them.
Que Viva Desandann!

Gabriel H. Osson

Long Live Desandann
I had the pleasure of interviewing the group twice in Toronto,to see their performances and to share a bit of their lives during their last stay in Toronto.
Listening again to the CD brought me back to their magical voices and live colourful performances. Their unique blend of mixing Cuban and Haitian heritage music is truly unique.
I missed them greatly.

Andries Mok

beautifull voices