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Haitian music groups celebrate Carnival
Haitians celebrate Carnival through "Rara", a musical genre used for street processions and festivals.
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Jacmel, Haiti - Thousands of people flock to the centre of Jacmel - a town located on the southern coast of Haiti - for its annual Carnival event. Parades of vividly coloured dancers snake along the street, as hundreds of people wearing masks - their faces and bodies painted  in a kaleidoscope of hues - can be seen on every corner.

Haiti's Carnival stems from similar celebrations held around the Christian festival of Easter, but instead incorporates voodoo culture and Afro-Haitian heritage. It also heavily employs Rara, a musical genre used mostly for street processions and festivals. 

Rara utilises the sounds of vaksen, a trumpet-like instrument often made from bamboo or scrap metal, along with metal bells, maracas and drums. 

The genre also incorporates satire - parodying past and current political leaders - as well as voodoo ceremonies, and the rich vein of mythology which flows through this island nation. Some people also credit Rara with inspiring dissent and protests under the hard-line rule of former President Jean-Claude "Baby Doc" Duvalier, who was eventually ousted in a 1986 revolution.


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Rara groups perform at the beginning of the Carnival season and continue through Lent until Easter. The musicial genre gives Haitians a chance to celebrate their voodoo beliefs in conjunction with Catholic celebrations.



/Dearbhla Glynn/Al Jazeera

Many Rara groups are colourfully dressed, painting their faces and bodies.



/Dearbhla Glynn/Al Jazeera

Three rara boys wait in line after performing Carnival celebrations. Many people credit the Rara celebrations with fuelling the protests that led to the Haitian revolution in 1986. Today, there is a sense that these celebrations create a sense of unity and strength that has seen them through slavery as well as economic and ecological turmoil.



/Dearbhla Glynn/Al Jazeera

Many Rara groups play instruments such as drums or maracas and re-enact voodoo rituals.



/Dearbhla Glynn/Al Jazeera

The Carnival celebrations in Jacmel are a testimony to the resilience of the people. Despite economic and environmental turmoil, they continue to find a way to celebrate Carnival with body paint and festive music.



/Dearbhla Glynn/Al Jazeera

A Rara group painted blue drums and dances on the road to Jacmel. Many rara groups are found performing in rural areas, roaming the streets during Easter week.



/Dearbhla Glynn/Al Jazeera

Thousands of people crowd in the stands and viewing areas built in the weeks before Carnival.



/Dearbhla Glynn/Al Jazeera

As the parade of masks and performers end, a huge party begins from early evening into the early hours of the morning.



/Dearbhla Glynn/Al Jazeera

The masks are made from recycled cardboard and transform their wearers into anything from monsters to a variety of local and exotic animals.



/Dearbhla Glynn/Al Jazeera

African slaves brought voodoo to Haiti during the colonial era and these beliefs became intertwined with Christian celebrations of Easter, leading eventually to the evolution of Rara festivals.




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Rara groups perform at the beginning of the Carnival season and continue through Lent until Easter. The musicial genre gives Haitians a chance to celebrate their voodoo beliefs in conjunction with Catholic celebrations.

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Many Rara groups are colourfully dressed, painting their faces and bodies.

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Three rara boys wait in line after performing Carnival celebrations. Many people credit the Rara celebrations with fuelling the protests that led to the Haitian revolution in 1986. Today, there is a sense that these celebrations create a sense of unity and strength that has seen them through slavery as well as economic and ecological turmoil.

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Many Rara groups play instruments such as drums or maracas and re-enact voodoo rituals.

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The Carnival celebrations in Jacmel are a testimony to the resilience of the people. Despite economic and environmental turmoil, they continue to find a way to celebrate Carnival with body paint and festive music.

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A Rara group painted blue drums and dances on the road to Jacmel. Many rara groups are found performing in rural areas, roaming the streets during Easter week.

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Thousands of people crowd in the stands and viewing areas built in the weeks before Carnival.

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As the parade of masks and performers end, a huge party begins from early evening into the early hours of the morning.

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The masks are made from recycled cardboard and transform their wearers into anything from monsters to a variety of local and exotic animals.

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African slaves brought voodoo to Haiti during the colonial era and these beliefs became intertwined with Christian celebrations of Easter, leading eventually to the evolution of Rara festivals.

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Jacmel, Haiti.Rara groups begin to perform at Carnival in Haiti and continue to perform up until the Lenten week of Easter. Giving Haitians a chance to celebrate their Voodou beliefs alongside the Catholic celebrations of Easter.

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Rara_festival/slideshow/no-caption/a0cc2e060649c405b49b487ff029aa1cDearbhla Glynn/Al Jazeera

Jacmel, Haiti.Rara groups begin to perform at Carnival in Haiti and continue to perform up until the Lenten week of Easter. Giving Haitians a chance to celebrate their Voodou beliefs alongside the Catholic celebrations of Easter.

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Rara_festival/slideshow/no-caption/2c013151353aaf6750836005e48bad29

Stands and viewing areas are built in the weeks before Carnival in anticipation for the thousands who flock to the city for the event.

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Rara_festival/slideshow/no-caption/2c013151353aaf6750836005e48bad29Dearbhla Glynn/Al Jazeera

Stands and viewing areas are built in the weeks before Carnival in anticipation for the thousands who flock to the city for the event.

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Rara_festival/slideshow/no-caption/20de0b43a29f70e8282296d5a03030d6

Three rara boys wait in line after performing at the Carnival celebrations. Many people credit the rara celebrations for the Haitian revolution where the slaves fought for their freedom. In present day Haiti there is a sense that these rara celebrations create a sense of unity and strength which has seen them through slavery through economic and environmental turmoil.

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Rara_festival/slideshow/no-caption/20de0b43a29f70e8282296d5a03030d6Dearbhla Glynn/Al Jazeera

Three rara boys wait in line after performing at the Carnival celebrations. Many people credit the rara celebrations for the Haitian revolution where the slaves fought for their freedom. In present day Haiti there is a sense that these rara celebrations create a sense of unity and strength which has seen them through slavery through economic and environmental turmoil.

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Rara_festival/slideshow/no-caption/db65947c5b79e494e15342e574c415d6

Many rara groups play instruments like the drums or maracas singing and dancing rara rhythms and songs and reenacting voodou rituals or ceremonies.

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Rara_festival/slideshow/no-caption/db65947c5b79e494e15342e574c415d6Dearbhla Glynn/Al Jazeera

Many rara groups play instruments like the drums or maracas singing and dancing rara rhythms and songs and reenacting voodou rituals or ceremonies.

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Rara_festival/slideshow/no-caption/b275a4f57cd3dd54abd158795481aba5

The Carnival celebrations in Jacmel are a testimony in itself to the resilience and utter creativity of the people, many of whom go hungry every day, they will still find a way to create a brilliant mask or costume or paint their bodies and celebrate Carnival.

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Rara_festival/slideshow/no-caption/b275a4f57cd3dd54abd158795481aba5Dearbhla Glynn/Al Jazeera

The Carnival celebrations in Jacmel are a testimony in itself to the resilience and utter creativity of the people, many of whom go hungry every day, they will still find a way to create a brilliant mask or costume or paint their bodies and celebrate Carnival.

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Rara_festival/slideshow/no-caption/c2e8c590f1f3107ea1005526fab45847

Rara group painted blue drumming and dancing on the road to Jacmel early on the morning of Carnival. Many rara groups are found performing in the more rural areas, roaming the streets and during Easter week they will continue performing late into night.

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Rara_festival/slideshow/no-caption/c2e8c590f1f3107ea1005526fab45847Dearbhla Glynn/Al Jazeera

Rara group painted blue drumming and dancing on the road to Jacmel early on the morning of Carnival. Many rara groups are found performing in the more rural areas, roaming the streets and during Easter week they will continue performing late into night.

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Rara_festival/slideshow/no-caption/99285c2826282ef9e032ad14550fd987

Many Rara groups are colourfully dressed I was entranced by the groups that painted their bodies elaborately, to striking effect.

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Rara_festival/slideshow/no-caption/99285c2826282ef9e032ad14550fd987Dearbhla Glynn/Al Jazeera

Many Rara groups are colourfully dressed I was entranced by the groups that painted their bodies elaborately, to striking effect.

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Rara_festival/slideshow/no-caption/2b8dd8ef2690ba5c721949a899643082

As the parade of masks and performers end the streets fill with the spectators as a huge street party begins from early evening into the early hours of the morning.

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Rara_festival/slideshow/no-caption/2b8dd8ef2690ba5c721949a899643082Dearbhla Glynn/Al Jazeera

As the parade of masks and performers end the streets fill with the spectators as a huge street party begins from early evening into the early hours of the morning.

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Rara_festival/slideshow/no-caption/b55ac69838e5037b77451da527320ef5

The mask makers of Jacmel are famous for their skills, these Papier machier masks are made from recycled cardboard and transformed into anything from extraordinary monsters to every animal you could think of.

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Rara_festival/slideshow/no-caption/b55ac69838e5037b77451da527320ef5Dearbhla Glynn/Al Jazeera

The mask makers of Jacmel are famous for their skills, these Papier machier masks are made from recycled cardboard and transformed into anything from extraordinary monsters to every animal you could think of.

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Rara_festival/slideshow/no-caption/75313ddb73f63e36d29d883589aa92e9

African slaves brought voodou to Haiti in Colonial times and these beliefs somehow became intertwined with the Christian celebrations of Easter, which is how the Rara festivals evolved. Rara festivals give a sense of strength and unity within the nation.

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Rara_festival/slideshow/no-caption/75313ddb73f63e36d29d883589aa92e9Dearbhla Glynn/Al Jazeera

African slaves brought voodou to Haiti in Colonial times and these beliefs somehow became intertwined with the Christian celebrations of Easter, which is how the Rara festivals evolved. Rara festivals give a sense of strength and unity within the nation.



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