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Grupo Vocal Desandann

Grupo Vocal Desandann

A vocal and percussion ensemble, Desandann celebrates and preserves the rich legacy of Haitian cultural traditions in Cuba. The ensemble grew out of a request by members of the Association of Haitian Residents and Cubans of Haitian descent (see Haiti in Cuba) to research and compile traditional Haitian music. In a short time they have gained national and international recognition.

Between 1795 and 1805 30,000 Haitians emigrated to eastern Cuba with another wave occurring from 1920-1940 and yet another in the 1980s. Today, estimates of the Haitian population in Cuba range from 300,000 on up to 1 million. Each wave of immigrants had its own distinct characteristics and brought with them the strong musical and dance traditions, their religion, customs, rituals and cultural habits on their journey from Haiti to Cuba. With information gathered from generations of Haitian immigrants, Desandann promotes and performs music of Haitian origin, especially "La Cancionistica", music which has been enriched by elements of other Creole speaking Caribbean countries.

They have presented their work extensively in Cuba through participation in the 3rd Festivals of Choruses and the Caribbean Festival, regional activities linked to the Association of Haitian Residents and Descendants of Haiti, radio programs, as well as to international audiences.

Desandann is composed of ten multi-faceted musicians who sing as well as play a variety of percussion instruments. Emilia Diaz Chavez, the director of the group, is a graduate of the Choral Division of Cuba's National School of Art and hold a Masters in Musical Education. She is the director of the Chorus of Camaguey and teaches throughout the province of Camaguey. Desandann's repertoire consists of a wide range of choral arrangements with percussion accompaniment including Choucoune, a Haitian merengue, Gran Toumobile a Creole Mazurka, and Doudou Moin, a Martinique merengue.

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Grupo Vocal Desandann : Descendants : 00  1 CD :  : 2022

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Grupo Vocal Desandann : Descendants

Review: Grupo Vocal Desandann is a10-voice Cuban vocal group of Haitian descent, composed mainly of 2nd and 3rd generation Haitians who were born and raised in in Cuba, particularly in Camaguey. The group sings the most beautiful folkloric and popular songs of Haiti's idyllic yesteryears, when Lumane Casimir, the country's most celebrated diva in the mid 1940s and early 1950s, was singing about the beauty of her country and charming tourists with her magnificent voice. It was a golden time for Haiti, when love and beauty reigned, and that feeling comes through strongly in these 14 spirited tunes. There is lively non-vocal percussion on songs like "Lawouze," the "hot" rhumba, "Cachita," "Guede Nibo," "La Mal de Travay," "Se Lavi," "Fey" and "Lumane." Other favorites are a pair of "slow meringues, "Choucoune" and "Haiti Cherie, " a love song to Haiti with the lyrics, "My beloved Haiti, I had to leave you in order to appreciate how much I love you." These are island songs that can break your heart as easily as get you on your feet dancing. Beautifu touching and enjoyable from first cut to last!

Songlist: Lawouze, Edem Chante, Lamou Rive, Cachita, Wongolo, Guede Nibo, La Mal de Travay, Se Lavi, Maroule, Fey, Alabans, Lumane Casimir, Choucoune, Haiti Cherie

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