Alan Lomax in Haiti (W/Book)
Harte Recordings, together with the estate of Alan Lomax, and in collaboration with The Library Of Congress and the The Association for Cultural Equity, present ALAN LOMAX IN HAITI - a chronicle of Lomax's 1936 Haitian recording expedition for the Library. This 10-CD box-set, in the modern tradition of those lovingly created by Revenant and Dust-To-Digital, is curated from over 50 hours of field recordings by the pre-eminent Haitian scholar, Gage Averill. Besides the CDs, the set contains two books: Lomax's Haitian field journal, carefully transcribed and notated by his niece, Ellen Harold; and a hard-bound set of liner notes and essays detailing and translating all the songs in the set. The set also includes the complete black and white and color film footage that Alan and Elizabeth Lomax shot in Haiti, and a facsimile of Lomax's period map of Haiti covered with his handwritten notes. The box set is a unique artifact, presenting for the first time this important document of Haiti's rich cultural heritage captured in the field by the greatest musicologist of the 20th century.
I am now reading Travesty in Haiti by Timothy Schwartz, and am learning why I have so much respect for the Haitians. A Petri dish for the poverty industries, Haiti is a feeding trough for 'aid' and 'care' bureaucrats.
The Haitians' music stands.
This is one of the most amazing box sets I have ever seen or owned and the historical importance of Haitian culture this contains is invaluable.
Even if they weren't donating a portion of the proceeds, to say that someone shouldn't buy this because of the Haiti disaster is really short-sighted and narrow-minded. For one thing most people don't stop using products from a country because there are disasters or other tragedies that befall that particular county or portions of it's population. The other side of the equation is that this amazing Haiti box set is raising the awareness of Haitian culture and illustrates how important it is that we work to restore the country and invest in a sustainable, long-term infrastructure that benefits the citizens of Haiti.
Allegro Media Group and NAIL Distribution in partnership with Harte
Recordings and the Alan Lomax Estate have banded together to do our
part in assisting the disaster relief in Haiti. We are pledging $15 from each purchase of the Alan Lomax in Haiti Box set to the Red Cross International Response Fund to aid in the disaster relief.