As most Miamians know, vodou isnt a religion exactly. Its more like a code used by slaves and ex-slaves in Haiti to Africanize the Anglo crap that has been shoved down their throats. With trance-inducing, resonant, traditional drums leading the call, Erol Josué sings in tongues lyrics are a parochial luxury for his people -- and language doesnt matter as far as his musical power goes. Listeners of all faiths and lingoes will find in his roots-locked grooves and many-voices harmonies a complete and nearly metaphysical zombiefication.
Josué, the prince [or Prince] of Haitian roots music, is, in real life, a houngan (priest) who performs ceremonies and lectures at big-name colleges. After four years of recording, Josué has now made his debut on CD with Regléman, a pop-infused vodou-music manifesto you can dance to. What has become a week of concerts celebrating the new CD will continue tonight (the official release) at Sheba Restaurant, 4029 N. Miami Ave., Miami. Call 305-573-1819 for showtimes and ticket prices.
Sun., June 3