Haiti’s lost music

A treasure trove of Haitian music, recorded in the 1930s, is brought back to the country as it tries to rebuild after the earthquake.

Jacky Lumarque, head of Quisqueya University in Haiti, is working to rebuild the institution’s buildings, which were almost entirely destroyed in the earthquake. But he believes there is much more to the rebuilding process than bricks and mortar.

“One of the lessons we learned after the earthquake is that reconstruction is necessary, but it’s not in buildings. It’s not in facilities. The most important aspect of reconstruction is in humans. And to do that, to do that, culture most be the most fundamental aspect of the reconstruction program. Haiti already has that. It’s part of our own fundamental wealth. We don’t need technical assistance for that. It’s inside us,” he said. “Lomax shows us that has been possible – we can do it at some point and we can do it again.”

http://www.pbs.org/wnet/need-to-know/culture/video-haitis-lost-music/3147/

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