Boukman Eksperyans


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Boukman Eksperyans announces their radicalism in their name, an allusion to Boukman the slave who initiated Haiti's 1804 independence uprising. Always aware that freedom and culture go hand in hand, this eleven-member band sings in the sporadically outlawed creole tongue, blend of African religious motifs and street slang into a wild, syncretic celebration of Haitian voodoo culture. To sing out so boldly in Haiti, however, is to invite repression. Although the band's "Wet Chenn" (Remove the Chains) won first place in a 1989 musical contest, their 1992 entry was banned. In an environment torn apart with military unrest and governmental crackdowns, Boukman Eksperyans is regarded as a radical threat. Thus, their 1990 song, "Kem Pa Sote" was banned from Haitian airwaves.

Boukman Eksperyans ushered in a musical revolution with their Grammy-nominated debut album, Voudou Adjae. This brilliant release introduced the world to Boukman's worldly ,high energy sound fusing traditional Haitian and Caribbean rhythms with rock and reggae. Voudou Adjae brought the band international prominence. Boukman Eksperyans is one of Haiti’s best known bands and have distinguished themselves by their fabulous determination to lead a revolution on two fronts: musical and political. A leading exponent of "mizik rasin" (roots music), the group has become one of the loudest voices of hope and social reform in Haiti.

Since their emergence on the scene, Boukman has continued to release revolutionary, critically acclaimed albums and mesmerize audiences world-wide from Haiti (where they draw tens of thousands of fans per show) to the Caribbean, throughout North America, Europe, Asia, and Africa. As Haiti's most well known musical group, Boukman Eksperyans has also become the de facto voice of the Haitian people. In addition to their performances, their workshops and lectures on Haitian art, music and culture make the group popular with universities. These workshops have recently been expanded to include discussions about Haiti's Earthquake, relief and reconstruction.