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Together, the two CDs cover the span of the entire Haitian Revolution. The opening piece of CD#2, “Makandal sove”, recounts the exploits of the legendary François Makandal, a one-arm African maroon leader who organized some of the most successful attacks against the French, on the island of Ayiti, during the late 1750s.
Riding Maten, his adventurous donkey, Jafrikayiti guides us through the woods to witness the famous “Bwa Kay Iman” ceremony of August 14-15, 1791. As you listen on, if you experience goose bumps, remember the professionally-mastered sound-effects only support the retelling of a true story; one of examplary courage, deep spirituality and absolute heroism.
The opening piece of CD#3, “Toussaint Louverture ap dirije”, covers the military rise and governance of the legendary leader of Saint-Domingue. From the multitude of enslaved Africans who had arrived on the island from various lands and nations, speaking different languages and having known different military strategies and systems of governance, Louverture established and led a formidable army of freedom fighters.
Jafrikayiti leads us to discover Toussaint Louverture’s bold 1801 Constitution, which occasioned a feat of rage by Napoléon Bonaparte. The 3rd piece on CD#3 is titled: “Napoléon voye Leclerc nan dengonn Toussaint“.
High drama and captivating intrigue are ever present throughout the Haitian Revolution. From 1793 onward Toussaint and his army defeat Spanish, British and French enslavers, chasing them out of the island along with mulatto collaborators who threatened his power. In 1802, Toussaint is treacherously captured, kidnapped and deported to France. All along, with Maten, his faithful donkey, Jafrikayiti travels with us through time, mountains, valleys and oceans to serve as invisible eye-witnesses to these mesmerizing historical events.
“Rezistans“, a musical piece performed by Port-au-Prince street band “Patikoul“, aptly introduces each new chapter. Major figures (men and women) of the Haitian revolution are introduced in full action with pieces titled: “Dessalines ak Christophe refize trayi“, “Lyetnan Sanite Bélair” and “Mèsi Nèg ak Nègès Gwadloup”.
The climatic piece “Vètyè Pòtay Libète“, recounts the epic battle won at Vertières (Northern Ayiti) by the Africans over Napoleon Bonaparte’s army. The leadership of fearless abolitionist Jean-Jacques Dessalines is well established on the Island of Liberty. With the declaration of independence of the abolitionist Republic of Haiti, on January 1, 1804, a new chapter of human history has began. Deemed anathema in the world of white enslavers, Dessalines’ name is cursed; His “Black Republic” feared and ostracized.
The CD closes with “Sa k ap fèt?”, a rap performance by KOB Records artist Lucifer. It also features Jafrikayiti who delivers a special message to Haitians of all generations.
Each CD is also available in digital format.
LAFIMEN CD#2 “Lanbi Libète” (Freedom conch), produced in 2006, comprises the following tracks:
6. Toussaint Louverture, konsa l rele (4’40)
(His name isToussaint Louverture)
7. Toussaint nan tout sòs (6’46)
(Toussaint is restless)
9. Tout blan fè bèk atè (6’48)
(The whites give up)
LAFIMEN CD#3 “Revolisyon tout bon” (Revolution), produced in 2006, comprises the following tracks:
1. Toussaint Louverture ap dirije (6’58)
2. Konstitisyon 1801 (3’25)
(The 1801 Constitution)
5. Dessalines ak Christophe refize trayi (2’58)
(Dessalines and Christophe refuse to betray)
6. Politik Leclerc (6’)