Review: Chouk Bwa Libete, Apex, Bury St Edmunds, Monday, February 26

Chouk Bwa Liberte on stage at the Apex in Bury St Edmunds

Chouk Bwa Liberte on stage at the Apex in Bury St Edmunds - Credit: Archant

It was a ray of colourful sunshine on a freezing evening that bought a rhythmical and dynamic sound to the Apex.

The drummers and singers of Chouk Bwa Libete, dressed in their vivid ethnic costumes and headgear, bought their cosmopolitan music to the town.

It was a show which was full of drumming, poetry, dance and trance from Haiti’s vodou heartlands.

Chouk Bwa are a traditional Haitian Mizik Rasin (‘roots music’) ensemble bringing together the essence of Haitian Vodou.

Their music rose in waves of percussion, vocals and dance, all authentically inspired by the five on stage singers and percussionists.

Drums and vocals were the order of the night as their music, which has deep roots in the religious rites of West African Vodún, as their repertoire blended traditional songs with compositions by lead vocalist and poet Jean-Claude ‘Sambaton’ Dorvil.

The five drew in the audience with their performance moving and singing among them as they stayed close to their elements of Vodou culture and music and it was a memorable evening.