A Day for the Hunter, a Day for the Prey
Popular Music and Power in Haiti
Averill explores such diverse genres as Haitian jazz, troubadour traditions, Vodou-jazz, konpa, mini-djaz, new generation, and roots music. He examines the complex interaction of music with power in contexts such as honorific rituals, sponsored street celebrations, Carnival, and social movements that span the political spectrum.
With firsthand accounts by musicians, photos, song texts, and ethnographic descriptions, this book explores the profound manifestations of power and song in the day-to-day efforts of ordinary Haitians to rise above political repression.
A Note on Translation
1: Introduction: "A Message to Pass from Mouth to Mouth"
2: "Living from Their Own Garden": The Discourse of Authenticity
3: "Konpa-direk for Life": Francois Duvalier's Dictatorship and Konpa-direk
4: "Musicians Are a Single Family": Critical Discourse in Music under Baby Doc Duvalier
5: "Watch Out for Them!": Dechoukaj and Its Aftermath
Epilogue: "Carnival of Hope"
Association for Recorded Sound Collections: Association for Recorded Sound Collections Award for Excellence