The first release of Chouk Bwa & the Ångstromers combines a nouveau dub sensitivity with a Haitian rhythm science. It is a new collaboration between the traditional Haitian Mizik Rasin (roots music) band, Chouk Bwa Libète, and the abstract sound engineering of the Ångstromers. The result is a very distinctive blend: a kind of future-leaning Vodou dub.
The Chouk Bwa rhythm scientists are steeped in the deep traditions and long cultural memory found in Gonaïves, Haïti. Branching out of Africa into an expanding Diaspora, this incarnation seeks a new soundscape for each evocation. Never a retromania always obsessed with return, Chouk Bwa & the Ångstromers unearth untimely dances where rituals of the future can be heard leaking into the precisions of the past.
The two tracks were selected from the first meeting with the Ångstromers at Café Central, Brussels, recorded live in September 2016. Modular synths and other vintage electronic instruments bring another dimension to Chouk Bwa’s music, although obviously it is always the band’s groove and fluent tempo that leads the energy of the ensemble: no laptops, no drum machines. There are certain freedoms that cannot be coerced. Even more, the electronic instruments are wired directly to the drums that feed them with impacts and caresses. All the Vodou families are there with their many rhythms and songs. Radical Vodou roots for urban audiences.
released March 1, 2019
Jean Claude « Sambaton » Dorvil - lead singer
Jean Rigaud Aimable - drums & vocals
Riscot Cedieu - drums & vocals
Gomez « Djopipi » Henris - chime & vocals
Edèle Joseph - vocals
Sadrack « Mazaka » Merzier - drums & vocals
Nicolas « Ripit » Esterle - modular synthetiser
Frederic Alstadt - modular synthetiser
Recorded live on 28th of September 2016 at Café Central, Brussels
Cover image by Michael Wolteche
Graphic design by Marijke Loozen
Produced and mixed by the Ångstromers
Mastered and cut by Frederic Alstadt, Ångstrom Mastering, Brussels