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RAM from Haiti

w/ Tetpwav and Sodotutu (Irmina Ulysse)

$18, $15 (+$3 At the door)

Hungry? Our lounge will be open at 6:30pm and there will be delicious Haitian food for sale. Menu for the night:


This is a limited seating, dance party. We will have seats available on the risers. Please email the box office at info@creativealliance.org or call 410-276-1651 with any accessibility concerns or to reserve seats.

The mythical Haitian voodoo roots rock legends make their Baltimore premiere!

If you made your way to Hotel Oloffson in Port-au-Prince almost any Thursday over the last 25 years, you would have been greeted by the raw and powerful music of RAM-ancient folkloric polyrhythms intertwining harmoniously with punk rock guitar riffs and swinging Caribbean melodies. It is at these now legendary sweat-drenched gigs where RAM established themselves at torchbearers of a voodoo rock sound.

Firmly rooted in a city that has seen much political upheaval, RAM has been a target of regime censorship, and has continued to be a voice for the people of Haiti throughout upheaval and change.  One of the prominent bands in the mizik rasin musical movement, the band incorporates traditional vodou lyrics and instruments, such as rara horns into modern styles. The band performs in Haitian Creole, French, and English.

In 2018 RAM partnered with Arcade Fire for performances, recordings, and to parade in New Orleans as part of Arcade Fire’s Krewe du Kanaval.

Rasin is a musical style that began in Haiti in the 1970s when musicians began combining elements of traditional Haitian Vodou ceremonial and folkloric music with rock and roll. This style of modern music reaching back to the roots of Vodou tradition came to be called mizik rasin (“roots music”) in Haitian Creole or musique racine in French. In context, the movement is often referred to simply as “rasin” or “racine.”

About Tetpwav

Armand aka Tetpwav was born in a small village called Martissant in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. As a child, neighborhood children joked both in a loving and in a tormenting way about Armand's hair calling him "Nappy headed" tet pwav in Creole. Years later, he embraced the term as a declaration of cultural pride. To this day he's know throughout the art world only as Tetpwav. A visual artist and musician, Tetpwav says of his work, “My art always has subtle messages about how I experience of culture. Now, the intensity of my message is stronger. It’s more spiritual. It’s more conscious.” For this event, Tetpwav will be doing a short set of spoken word, in his native Creole.

About Sodotutu (Irmina Ulysse)

Dancer, Irmina is an expanding new presence in the world of Haitian sacred art. She is a self proclaimed mystical artist and "reluctant wisdom keeper." She is a Haitian born teaching artist, wisdom keeper, mystic and metaphysician. Her work centers on the metamorphic, transformative and evolutionary powers of seed culture, multi-dimensional awareness, and sacred ritual. Through dance, chanting, metaphysical fiction, poetry and essays, she reveals her unique perspectives on her Vodou inheritance and the complex inner worlds of a mystical artist of Caribbean American heritage.

This event is produced in partnership with Komite Ayiti, a grassroots organization gears towards connecting the Haitian community to educational, social, and cultural resources in the Baltimore area. For this event, Komite Ayiti will be hosting a Haitian arts and drumming demonstration in our Marquee Lounge area.

FRI JUL 6 | 8PM | $18, $15 (+$3 At the door)

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