Cane River Black Creoles

Revisiting the Cane River Black Creoles

It was halfway déjà vu as I drove north on I-49 beyond Alexandria, Louisiana and turned off at exit 119. But on the previous occasion, the day after Rickey Norman’s homegoing at Saint Charles Borromeo...
Youth and Cell Phone

Cell phones can be deadly to our youth

A wonderful thing is a cell phone, a palm-sized device sporting a computer more powerful than that of all but the latest Space Shuttles. Its versatility and convenience are so great that they befuddle the...
Father Jerome LeDoux

A skilled and congenial Christian Champion

When I first laid eyes on Rev. Darryl Jefferson seated at the Klavinova keyboard in Holy Ghost Church in Opelousas, the distinct impression beamed back to me of a professional who knew his way around the world...
Eliades Ochoa Guajira

Eliades Ochoa & Alma Latina – Guajira + Mas Guajira

This brother sister duo delve deep into the depths of Latin feeling in this record, ‘Guajira + Mas Guajira’, the name Maria Ochoa gives to her brother. The well-known delicacy and pertinence that Eliades...
Dennis Paul Williams

Dennis Paul Williams – Morning Light

Dennis Paul Williams brings mellow, bluesy tones to zydeco guitar and listening to this album instils a sense of calm into the soul of those fortunate enough to be on the receiving end. After having moved from...
Dan Siegel

Dan Siegel – Communicating with Music

There are many ways of looking at a life in music, or even just a hobby that involves music. For some it is a form of artistic expression, for others it a means of reaching out to others. Jazz pianist Dan...
Shana Tucker

Shana Tucker – The emergence of an original talent

The singer-songwriter and renowned cello player Shana Tucker has been credited with creating her own sub-genre of music. Chambersoul draws on her love of jazz, classical, pop music, world music and movie...
Carol Welsman

Carol Welsman – 2017 Pap-Jazz Haiti debut

Award-winning singer and pianist Carol Welsman has been honing her blend of smooth jazz, vintage standards and swing for more than 20 years. So she’s was more than ready to please the crowds at...
Omar Sosa

Omar Sosa – Real Live

This is a true embodiment of Sosa’s work, humble yet flawless in its approach and execution. He states in the cover of the CD: ‘there are concerts where you feel so good, you never want to forget. This one...
Empire of Hayti

An Historical Account of the Black Empire of Hayti

Marcus Rainsford (Author), Paul Youngquist (Editor), Gregory Pierrot (Editor) Paperback, 2013, 408 pages Publisher: Duke University Press , 2015 ISBN-10: 0822352885 As the first complete narrative...
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Island People – The Caribbean and the World

Joshua Jelly-Schapiro Hardcover, 2017, 464 pages Publisher: Canongate Books; Main edition ISBN-10: 1782115587 Clustered together in azure-blue waters are a collection of little islands whose...