Sound Recordings

The Repository houses sound recordings from the Deats, Nerestan, and Wilcken Collections. To access a sound recording, click the hyperlink on the item’s identifier (on the line above the item’s title). You may also find the items with more detail and hyperlinks in column K in Metadata.

All files are .mp3s. We use .mp3 for public access and .wav for preservation on hard drives.

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Deats Collection

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Education

MAK_SD_EDU.002_0001sr_ma_19840111
Title: Frisner Augustin Lesson Tape I
Description: Lesson in traditional Haitian drumming with Frisner Augustin, Brooklyn
Owner: Steve Deats
Date: 11 January 1984 (good estimate)
Language: English
Note: Item begins with live performance recording, probably Frisner Augustin.

MAK_SD_EDU.002_0002sr_ma_19840118
Title: Frisner Augustin Lesson Tape II
Description: Lesson in traditional Haitian drumming with Frisner Augustin, Brooklyn
Owner: Steve Deats
Language: English
Date: 18 January 1984 (good estimate)

MAK_SD_EDU.002_0003sr_ma_19840125
Title: Frisner Augustin Lesson Tape III
Description: Lesson in traditional Haitian drumming with Frisner Augustin, Brooklyn
Owner: Steve Deats
Language: English
Date: 25 January 1984 (good estimate)

Performance

MAK_SD_PER.001_0001sr_ma_19840413
Title: Center for Interamerican Relations
Description: Makandal stages Vodou at the Center for Interamerican Relations, Upper East Side, Manhattan
Owner: Steve Deats
Date: 13 April 1984 (exact)

MAK_SD_PER.003_0001sr_co_19950730
Title: Makandal at Bouyon Rasin
Description: Makandal, featuring the voice of Christina Deats, plays at the Bouyon Rasin (Roots Stew) festival at the Sylvio Cator Stadium, Port-au-Prince, Haiti
Owner: Jean Jean-Pierre
Date: 30 July 1995 (exact)

MAK_SD_PER.004_0001sr_ma_19960728
Title: Sacred Arts and Traditions of Rockland County
Description: Makandal performs at the Rockland Fest with Jewish cantor and gospel choir, Thiells, NY
Owner: Steve Deats
Date: 28 July 1996 (exact)

MAK_SD_PER.005_0001sr_co_19981006
Title: WBAI-FM Broadcast on the Sacred Arts of Haitian Vodou Exhibit
Description: Makandal plays for Diabel Faye’s program on WBAI-FM featuring Dan Dawson of the American Museum of Natural History and Haitian anthropologist Henry Franck, Lower Manhattan, New York City
Owner: Steve Deats
Date: 6 October 1998 (very good estimate)

Vodou

MAK_SD_VOD.001_0001sr_ma_1984o211
Title: Vodou Dance Kay Madame Maurice
Description: Excerpts from a Vodou dance at the House of Madame Maurice, featuring ibo, petwo, and banda, Brooklyn
Owner: Steve Deats
Date: 1 February 1984 (very good estimate)

MAK_SD_VOD.003_0001sr_ma_1984o428
Title: Vodou Dance for Papa Azaka
Description: Excerpts from a Vodou dance featuring original Makandal members Jocelyne Louis (vocals) and Jean-Paul Joseph (drums)
Owner: Steve Deats
Date: 28 April 1984 (very good estimate)

MAK_SD_VOD.004_0001sr_ma_1984o519
Title: Vodou Dance for Azaka
Description: Excerpts from a Vodou dance featuring the petwo, nago, mayi, and zepòl styles
Owner: Steve Deats
Date: 19 May 1984 (exact)

MAK_SD_VOD.006_0001sr_ma_19850316
Title: Vodou Dance for Loko and Danbala
Description: Excerpts from a Vodou dance at the House of Mano Cadet, with the voice of Jocelyne Louis and drumming by Edmonde Fortère with Makandal, Bronx, NY
Owner: Steve Deats
Date: 16 March 1985 (very good estimate)

MAK_SD_VOD.007_0001sr_ma_19970419
Title: Petwo Dance at Kay Marie Loiseau
Description: Petwo music from a Vodou dance at the House of Marie Loiseau, Queens, NY
Owner: Steve Deats
Date: 19 April 1997 (exact)

MAK_SD_VOD.008_0001sr_ma_19971115
Title: Gede Dance at Kay Marie Loiseau
Description: Gede dance at the House of Marie Loiseau, Queens, NY
Owner: Steve Deats
Date: 19 May 1984 (exact)

Nerestan Collection

Education

MAK_PN_EDU.001_0001sr_co_20110713
Title: Mazòn I
Description: Phil Nerestan takes a private class in the Carnival style mazòn with Frisner Augustin, East Flatbush, Brooklyn
Owner: Phillip Nerestan
Language: English and Haitian Creole
Date: 13 July 2011 (good estimate)

MAK_PN_EDU.001_0002sr_co_20110713
Title: Mazòn II
Description: Phil Nerestan takes a private class in the Carnival style mazòn with Frisner Augustin, East Flatbush, Brooklyn
Owner: Phillip Nerestan
Language: English and Haitian Creole
Date: 13 July 2011 (good estimate)

MAK_PN_EDU.001_0003sr_co_20110720
Title: Maskawon
Description: Phil Nerestan takes a private class in the Carnival style maskawon with Frisner Augustin, East Flatbush, Brooklyn
Owner: Phillip Nerestan
Language: English and Haitian Creole
Date: 20 July 2011 (good estimate)

WILCKEN COLLECTION

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Education

MAK_LW_EDU.019_0001sr_co_19841122
Title: Song Classes, 1984-91
Description: Frisner Augustin teaches Lois Wilcken Vodou songs, Crown Heights and East Flatbush, Brooklyn
Owner: Lois Wilcken
Language: Haitian Creole
Date: 22 November 1984 (exact)
Note: Low level and hum from 0:13:50 to 0:23:17

MAK_LW_EDU.020_0001sr_ma_19850420
Title: Drum Class 1985
Description: Frisner Augustin teaches Steve White and Steve Deats. Interview with students follows, Crown Heights, Brooklyn
Owner: Lois Wilcken
Language: English
Date: 20 April 1985 (exact)

Interviews

MAK_LW_INT.002_0001sr_ma_19850410
Title: Tourist Drums
Description: Lois Wilcken interviews Frisner Augustin and Catelus Laguerre on tourist drums in Haiti, Crown Heights, Brooklyn
Owner: Lois Wilcken
Language: Haitian Creole
Date: 10 April 1985 (exact)

MAK_LW_INT.003_0001sr_ma_19860330
Title: WKCR-FM Carib Calendar (audio)
Description: Rafael Smith interviews Frisner Augustin for broadcast on WKCR-FM, Columbia University, Upper West Side, Manhattan
Owner: WKCR-FM
Language: English
Date: 30 March 1986 (exact)

MAK_LW_INT.004_0001sr_ma_19880828
Title: African Heritage in the Caribbean
Description: Lois Wilcken interviews Frisner Augustin in preparation for a paper presented in Havana, Cuba at a colloquium of the International Council for Traditional Music, East Flatbush, Brooklyn
Owner: Lois Wilcken
Language: Haitian Creole
Date: 28 August 1988

MAK_LW_INT.005_0001sr_ma_19901128
Title: Vodou Jazz
Description: Lois Wilcken interviews Frisner Augustin on the subject of Vodou Jazz in Haiti and New York, East Flatbush, Brooklyn
Owner: Lois Wilcken
Language: Haitian Creole
Date: 28 November 1990

MAK_LW_INT.006_0001sr_ma_19911113
Title: Vodou Instruments
Description: Lois Wilcken interviews Frisner Augustin on the topic of Vodou instruments, East Flatbush, Brooklyn
Owner: Lois Wilcken
Language: Haitian Creole
Date: 13 November 1991

MAK_LW_INT.007_0001sr_ma_19940815
Title: Authority of the Folk Musician I
Description: Lois Wilcken conducts the first of a series of three interviews with Frisner Augustin on the authority of the folk musician for a conference to be held in Havana, Cube, by the International Association for the Study of Popular Music, East Flatbush, Brooklyn
Owner: Lois Wilcken
Language: Haitian Creole
Date: 15 August 1994

MAK_LW_INT.007_0002sr_ma_19940816
Title: Authority of the Folk Musician II
Description: Lois Wilcken conducts the second of a series of three interviews with Frisner Augustin on the authority of the folk musician for a conference to be held in Havana, Cube, by the International Association for the Study of Popular Music, East Flatbush, Brooklyn
Owner: Lois Wilcken
Language: Haitian Creole
Date: 16 August 1994

MAK_LW_INT.007_0003sr_ma_19940825
Title: Authority of the Folk Musician III
Description: Lois Wilcken conducts the third of a series of three interviews with Frisner Augustin on the authority of the folk musician for a conference to be held in Havana, Cube, by the International Association for the Study of Popular Music, East Flatbush, Brooklyn
Owner: Lois Wilcken
Language: Haitian Creole
Date: 25 August 1994

MAK_LW_INT.008_0001sr_co_19970812
Title: Radio Haiti Inter Interview
Description: Wilfred “Tido” Lavaud interviews Frisner Augustin, Lois Wilcken, and Wendy Weisman for Radio Haiti Inter, Port-au-Prince
Owner: Radio Haiti Inter
Language: Haitian Creole
Date: 12 August 1997

MAK_LW_INT.009_0001sr_ma_19971015
Title: The Gods Speak English in New York
Description: Lois Wilcken interviews Frisner Augustin, Steve Deats, and Marie Loiseau for an article to appear in the magazine City Lore, East Flatbush, Brooklyn
Owner: Lois Wilcken
Language: Haitian Creole and English
Date: 15 October 1997
Note: Poor quality and low volume in telephone interviews with Deats and Loiseau

MAK_LW_INT.010_0001sr_ma_19990312
Title: Teaching the Haitian Drum
Description: Lois Wilcken interviews Frisner Augustin on his teaching strategies, East Flatbush, Brooklyn
Owner: Lois Wilcken
Language: Haitian Creole
Date: 12 March 1999
Note: Two additional interviews, one by phone and inaudible, the second with Tonèl Lakay kids about studying drumming and dance

Performances

MAK_LW_PER.059_0001sr_co_19851103
Title: Shango and Makandal Present Gede
Description: Makandal performs with Arnold Elie’s Troupe Shango in a festival for Gede (spirits of the dead) at Clara Barton High School, Crown Heights, Brooklyn
Owner: Lois Wilcken
Date: 3 November 1985

MAK_LW_PER.060_0001sr_co_19860214
Title: World Music Institute Presents Makandal and Puntilla
Description: Makandal performs with Puntilla y Su Nueve Generación at Washington Square Church, Greenwich Village, Manhattan
Owner: World Music Institute
Date: 14 February 1986

MAK_LW_PER.062_0001sr_co_19890922
Title: David Byrne Presents Makandal at The Town Hall
Description: Makandal performs with Milton Cardona at The Town Hall, Manhattan
Owner: The Town Hall
Date: 22 September 1989

MAK_LW_PER.064_0001sr_co_19950325
Title: Folkmasters the Barns of Wolf Trap
Description: Makandal performs Rara and Vodou at the Barns of Wolf Trap, Vienna, VA
Owner: Smithsonian Institution
Date: 25 March 1995

MAK_LW_PER.065_0001sr_co_19950325
Title: Smithsonian Folkmasters Broadcast, Rough Cuts
Description: Rough cuts for Smithsonian Folkmasters radio broadcast of the Barns of Wolf Trap performance
Owner: Smithsonian Institution
Date: 25 March 1995

MAK_LW_PER.067_0001sr_co_20010728
Title: Huntington Folk Arts Festival
Description: Makandal performs at the annual Summer Arts Festival, Huntington, NY
Owner: Huntington Arts Council
Date: 28 July 2oo1

Private Life

MAK_LW_PRI.006_0001sr_ma_19871230
Title: Frisner’s Souvenir
Description: Frisner Augustin records a musical New Year’s greeting for Lois Wilcken, East Flatbush, Brooklyn
Owner: Lois Wilcken
Date: 30 December 1987

Vodou

MAK_LW_VOD.008_0002sr_ma_19841103
Title: Vodou for Gede Kay Mano II
Description: Frisner Augustin plays a dance for Gede, spirits of the cemetery, at the House of Mano Cadet, Bronx, NY
Owner: Lois Wilcken
Date:3 November 1984
Note: A first part of this event is missing from the digitized transfers

MAK_LW_VOD.009_0001sr_ma_19841111
Title: Frisner’s Kanzo Kay Mano
Description: Jean Paul Joseph, Bonnie Devlin, Steve Deats, and Steve White play for Frisner’s kanzo (advancement to a higher grade in Vodou) at the House of Mano Cadet, Bronx, NY
Owner: Lois Wilcken
Date: 11 November 1984

MAK_LW_VOD.010_0001sr_ma_19850928
Title: Kouche Yanm Kay Mano
Description: Frisner Augustin plays a kouche yanm (the first night of a yam harvest celebration) at the House of Mano Cadet, Bronx, NY
Owner: Lois Wilcken
Date: 28 September 1985

MAK_LW_VOD.011_0001sr_ma_19860111
Title: Marriage with Danbala Wedo and Ogou Kay Mano
Description: Frisner Augustin plays a marriage of an initiate with the spirits Danbala and Ogou at the House of Kay Mano, Bronx, NY
Owner: Lois Wilcken
Date: 11 January 1986

MAK_LW_VOD.012_0001sr_ma_19870110
Title: Koupe Gato Kay Mano
Description: Frisner Augustin plays a Koupe Gato (Cut the Cake) for Three Kings Day at the House of Mano Cadet, Bronx, NY
Owner: Lois Wilcken
Date: 10 January 1987

MAK_LW_VOD.013_0001sr_ma_19970413
Title: Remèsiman
Description: Remèsiman (Thanksgiving service) at Kay Christiane, featuring Manbo (Priestess) Marie Loiseau, Queens Village, NY
Owner: Lois Wilcken
Date: 13 April 1997

MAK_LW_VOD.014_0001sr_co_19981126
Title: National Public Radio (NPR) at a Dance for Gede
Description: Marianne McCune, for NPR, broadcasts segments of a Vodou dance for Gede, spirits of the dead, at Pou Nou Tout botanica, Queens
Owner: National Public Radio
Date: 26 November 1998

Featured Image: Opening strokes of “Triptik” from Frisner Augustin’s solo album The Intimate Touch: From Frisner with Love, 2014. Transcription by Lois Wilcken for the album’s notes.

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