chapter  10
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Listening for Geographies: Music as Sonic Compass Pointing Towards African and Christian Diasporic Horizons in the Caribbean

ByELIZABETH MCALISTER

I met my partner in Haiti when he was a sound tech for his sister’s band, Boukman Eksperyans, while I was doing fi eld research on Vodou and music. We were introduced at the Rex Theater in downtown Port-au-Prince, right on the stage, a few hours before the show. The band usually set up to a soundtrack of their own music or to Bob Marley and the Wailers pumped up to a volume I found uncomfortable but that the musicians loved. Loud music made the air thicker, and it shaped the space into a pulsating, vibrating, energized place.