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Kanaval: Haitian Rhythms & the Music of New Orleans: Episode 3

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Kanaval: Haitian Rhythms And The Music Of New Orleans: Episode 3

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Dancers take part in the 2020 Krewe du Kanaval parade in New Orleans. Courtesy of Erika Goldring hide caption

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Dancers take part in the 2020 Krewe du Kanaval parade in New Orleans.

Courtesy of Erika Goldring

Music is a form of prayer in New Orleans and across the sea in Haiti. It connects the living and the dead, the present with the past.

Every year, in February and March, people all over the western hemisphere gather together to sing, dance, parade, and celebrate Carnival. The most famous Carnival celebration in the United States is New Orleans' Mardi Gras. In Haiti, Kanaval is a profoundly significant event that brings together music, politics, and the dreams and demands of the Haitian people.

Although each place has distinct traditions, soundscapes, and cultural histories, there are also undeniable spiritual and physical connections that bond Haiti and New Orleans. Particularly through music, the people of these places find ways to navigate this chaotic, messy, and joyful world.

Explore xpnkanaval.org for even more on the documentary.


Kanaval has been supported by the Pew Center for Arts and Heritage. This project is supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts. Additional support from the Wyncote Foundation.