A traditional Haitian Mizik Rasin — roots music — band, Chouk Bwa, formerly Chouk Bwa Libète, realizes the source of a drum and dance style using percussion and call-and-response vocals that are infused with Haitian Vodou. « Chouk Bwa » means « Root » in Haitian Creole.
Three percussionists and two dancers are led by composer Jean Claude « Sambaton » Dorvil on vocals and the fer, an iron bar/bell that announces different rhythms employed to call up the spirits, assisted by Gomez « Djopipi » Henris.
Chouk Bwa display the deep African heritage of Haiti, torn from Africa and secretly re-planted in a new land. The band members speak for Haiti, a nation that has seen the hardest of times and maintains a relentless spirit and strength through its culture.
In September 2016 Chouk Bwa met the Brussels based duo The Angstromers. Frédéric Alstadt and Ripit are specialized in live experiments with vintage electronic instruments like modular synths. A 7 inch of their common live performance at Café Central (Brussels) will be released in November 2017. A new album is expected in May 2018.
Album release, Buda Musique
Summer tour: Roskilde Festival ~ Afrikafestival Hertme ~ Amsterdam Roots ~ WOMEX Budapest, showcase
Summer tour: Førde Festival ~ WOMAD Charlton Park ~ Rainforest World Music Festival ~ Cross Culture Festival...
Savannah Music Festival ~ Festival International de Jazz de Montréal ~ Sunfest London ~ Harrison Hot Springs ~ Vancouver Folk Music Festival ~ Dawson City Music Festival ~ Calgary Folk Music Festival
UK tour Feb-March (Macking Tracks)
Catalina Maria Johnson, Wall Street International (USA) - WOMEX 2015
« Chouk Bwa Libète: Haitian roots textures, raw and pure
Chouk Bwa Libète was a wonderful example of the pure, unbridled
joy of Haitian roots music — Mizik Rasin— and its Vodou-based rural
songs and dances. More than a crafted art form, the music of Chouk
Bwa Libète arose in waves of percussion, vocals and movement that
seemed authentically inspired right in the moment and
communicated nothing but the sheer joy of sharing exactly that
particular, unique musical moment. »
Madanmohan Rao, World Music Central (IN) - Rainforest World Music Festival 2016
« (...) The voodoo music featured an astonishingly intricate yet highly danceable array of rhythms and chants, with multiple fades and crescendos. The energy was so infectious that lead vocalist Jean Claude Sambaton Dorvil even seemed to be possessed with a spirit for some time, adding a layer of drama to the performance (...). »
Connect Savannah - Savannah Music Festival 2017
« (...) any of us could have died during the show and considered it a fitting end to a life well lived! (...) »
Doug Deloach, Songlines - Savannah Music Festival 2017
« Chouk Bwa Libète delivered a scorching set of soul-stirring, call-and-response funkiness. »