Check out the second online roundtable on Haitian music at the New Yorker, with Miami author Edwige Danticat, the amazing writer Ned Sublette (no, he doesn't have a website, but he's a musician, musicologist, producer, Cuban music pioneer and expert, passionate communicator, and author of two of the best ever books on music, Cuba: From the First Drums to the Mambo and The World That Made New Orleans, and the coolest guy to ever wear a cowboy hat in NYC). Ned's new book, The
Year Before the Flood, about his year in New Orleans before Katrina, is available for pre-order at Amazon and Barnes & Noble. He says it's his best work yet, which is saying something.
"Round two of the roundtable on Haitian music, with (what a cast) Laurent Dubois, Elizabeth McAlister, Edwige Danticat, Garnette Cadogan, Madison
Smartt Bell (who sat this round out), and yr humble servant, is up at Sasha
Frere-Jones's New Yorker blog. i'm pleased that they used a photo I took at a gagá in the D.R."