Please join CLACS, the Minority Languages and Cultures Project, the Jacobs School of Music, the Latin American Music Center, the Department of Folklore and Ethnomusicology, the Department of Religious Studies, and the Sage Collection on Wednesday, April 10, at 8:00 PM in Musical Arts Center MC 066 for an evening with Erol Josué, Haitian Vodou priest, singer, and dancer. Josué is an internationally renowned dancer, vocalist, and recording artist with an active touring schedule throughout the Caribbean, North America, Europe, and Africa on the “world beat” circuit. Deeply invested in the safeguarding and transmission of Haiti’s intangible cultural heritage, he is also an educator and an activist who has spent his life working to dispel pervasive myths about Haitian Vodou and to break down prejudices against its practitioners. He has spoken and performed at universities from Harvard to Dartmouth and Duke to Michigan, and regularly presents at academic conferences—besides organizing them at the Bureau National d’Ethnologie in Port-au-Prince. Josué captivates audiences by weaving together live music and dance performance with profound discussions of Haitian culture and spirituality. As an oungan (Vodou priest), he attends to the physical and spiritual needs of his community in Haiti and the Haitian diaspora.
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