Chouk Bwa & the Ångstromers
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.
Catalina Maria Johnson describes their show at WOMEX 2015 in Wall Street International: « 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. »
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) has been released in March 2019.
MAIN PAST PERFORMANCES
2015 Roskilde Festival DK ~ Afrikafestival Hertme NL ~ Amsterdam Roots NL ~ Studio de l’ermitage Paris FR ~ WOMEX HU 2016 Førde Festivalen NO ~ Earagail Arts Festival IE ~ Southbank Centre London UK ~ WOMAD Charlton Park UK ~ Rainforest World Music Festival MY ~ Buskers Festival Neuchatel CH ~ Rasa Utrecht NL ~ Ancienne Belgique Brussels BE ~ Victoria Teatern Malmö SE ~ Global Copenhagen DK ~ Cross Culture Festival Warsaw PL 2017 Michigan State University USA ~ Savannah Music Festival USA ~ Festival International de Jazz de Montréal CA ~ Sunfest London CA ~ Harrison Hot Springs CA ~ Vancouver Folk Music Festival CA ~ Dawson City Music Festival CA ~ Calgary Folk Music Festival CA 2018 Feb - March UK & IE ~ Respect Festival CZ ~ Aux Heures d’Eté FR ~ Trans Musicales de Rennes FR