The Music of Haiti
Smithsonian Folkways would like to echo the call to support the relief efforts in Haiti. Please visit www.haiti.org for a list of ways you can help.
Through Smithsonian Folkways recordings ranging from the 1940s to the 1990s and a 2004 Smithsonian Folklife Festival program, we have learned that despite (and often in response to) the challenges they continue to face, Haitians create powerful artistic expressions in music, painting, crafts, sculpture, and architecture. Haiti is one of the richest nations in terms of its culture and its people. We invite you to listen to a one-hour playlist of Haitian music in the Smithsonian Folkways collection.