RAM from Haiti



Venue:RAM from Haiti


RAM is a drum-roots-driven powerhouse band from Port-au-Prince, Haiti. Ancient folkloric polyrhythms intertwine harmoniously with punk rock guitar riffs and swinging Caribbean keyboard melodies – led by the entrancing singer Lunise – to combine for a truly magical experience on Thursdays at Hotel Oloffson in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, where RAM has consistently gigged for the last 25 years.

RAM (the name is derived from the initials of its founder, songwriter, and lead male vocalist Richard A. Morse) has been one of the prominent bands in the mizik rasin musical movement in Haiti. RAM’s music has been described by Morse as “Vodou rock ‘n’ roots”, incorporating traditional Voudou lyrics and instruments – such as rara horns, petro drums – into modern rock ‘n’ roll sung in Haitian Creole, French, and English.

Rasin is a musical style that began in Haiti in the 1970s when musicians began combining elements of traditional Haitian Vodou ceremonial and folkloric music with rock and  ‘n’ roll. This style of modern music reaching back to the roots of Vodou tradition came to be called mizik rasin (“roots music”) in Haitian Creole or musique racine in French. In context, the movement is often referred to simply as “rasin” or “racine.”

Cost: $10 at the door