Sublime Frequencies Communiqué

Sublime Frequencies Communiqué


22 May 2012

S.F. FILM SCREENING: The Pierced Heart & The Machete



The Pierced Heart and the Machete
The Pierced Heart and The Machete (70 min) is a film by Olivia Wyatt exploring two Haitian Vodou religious pilgrimages that take place each year in mid-July. The first pilgrimage is for Erzulie Dantor, Vodou goddess of love, art, and passion.  Worshipers from all over the world descend upon the town of Ville-Bonheur, in the  southwest region of Haiti, to worship, celebrate, and bathe in the sacred waterfall, where Dantor resides. The second pilgrimage is for Dantors' husband Ogoun, Voudou god of war, iron, and healing. His pilgrimage takes place at the end of July and is in the northern part of Haiti in the town of Plaine du Nord. Practitioners bathe in a mud pool and make sacrifices for Ogoun.  Each part of the film shows through worship and celebration the similarities of each pilgrimage and the varying characteristics of these two spirits.  It will be released on Sublime Frequencies  in the Fall. 

Info for screening 
Saturday June 2nd
Show  Times
7 pm , 8:30 pm, and 10 pm 
Spectacle Theater
124 South 3rd St. 
Brooklyn, NY
Buy Tickets:
After Party
258 Wythe Avenue 
Brooklyn, NY 
Doors @ 8
Monvelyno Alexis  - 9:30 pm
Wetchenn P'chenn  - 10:30 pm
 (former member of Boukan Ginen)

DJARARA 11:00 pm

DJ Deep Roots 
Radio Comedy 90.5 FM (Broadcast from Flatbush to NY and Haiti)

13 May 2012

Out Soon...Eat The Dream: Gnawa Music From Essaouira LP

Eat The Dream: Gnawa Music From Essaouira LP

various artists SF071 LP 

This record was originally released on CD as Eat The Dream: Moroccan Reveries On Tinder Records In 1996 (Tinder CD 42825032). Original label out of business/CD out-of-print. Recorded and compiled by Tucker Martine in 1994, the bulk of this album features the magnificent results of a chance meeting between Martine and the late, great master of Gnawa music, Maâllem Boubker Ghania (1927-2000), who kindly offered to organize a several-day informal recording session in his home. Martine began rolling tape as musicians came and went throughout the sessions. These spectacular recordings from Essaouira Morocco are interwoven here with other encounters, including a wedding procession in the streets of Marrakech, snake charmers of the Jemma El Fna with their rhaitas, calls to prayer with children playing while James Brown echoed off of the labyrinthian walls, Moroccan radio dial surfing and more. The Gnawa are a mystical brotherhood whose ancestors migrated from West Africa to North Africa approximately 500 years ago. After integrating into the local Berber and Arabic societies, a unique cultural blend resulted which is reflected in their music. Their complex liturgy borrows both from the traditions of mystical Islam and African Shamanism. The Gnawa's trance-inducing music accompanies rituals such as the healing of psychic disorders and scorpion stings, Ramadan celebrations and animal sacrifice. Participants in these all-night rituals are invited into an ecstatic state. The primary instruments of this tradition are the krakebs (a pair of metal clappers) and the guimbri (or sintir), a three-stringed lute with a camel skin covering and a body carved from a log. The one short string and two long strings are made of goat gut. Limited edition LP housed in a heavy-duty tip-on jacket with an insert containing additional photos of the musicians and Tucker Martine's liner notes.