We thank you for the substantial positive feedback that we have received after releasing the album "Legba Suite."
Jazz Pyebwa was born of academic research and has been recording Western Creole music for the past 5 years. Our initial focus was labeled: the music of Haitian mythology, from which we released the"Legba Suite" album. We continued exploring the vast repertoire of Creole music from its Haitian root that we catalog in 4 categories, as displayed on the above menu: (traditional, historical, social, and religious).
You can listen to the catalog production samples from the above menu; the pre-release album notes are offered on the left side menu under "Creole Tribute Catalog".
This catalog is a tribute to the Western Creole people (unknown people) who are known today in Haiti as "Neg Marron." We say Western Creole" because there is an Eastern Creole in the Eastern hemisphere who speaks Creole and share many other traits with the Western Creole. Coincidentally, the Eastern Creole are also of unknown origin.
The Western Creole were very active on the continent of The Americas around the same time that the Spaniards invaded and de-popularized Hayti which they renamed Hispaniola in the process. The Creole victoriously fought the Spaniards, the British, and the French for roughly 300 years to decolonize Haiti and others on the continent of The Americas. Coincidentally, the island of Hayti does not seem to have a proper name, today, although it is shared by the Dominican Republic on the Western side and the Republic of Haiti on the East side.
The Western Creole arrived in Hayti around 1502 and technically left Haiti/Saint Domingue between 1792 and 1816. Some went to New Orleans, others went to participate in the establishment of Gran Columbia. The Creole territory was in the south west of today's Republic of Haiti and was called Hayti as shown on the depicted flag. This flag was still shown on encyclopedia world flag displays around 1860. Our quest to understand the music of Haitian Mythology resulted in much revelations that we share with other people that are also sharing their findings and interests. It is an honor for Jazz Pyebwa to pay tribute to the mysterious Creole ancestors whose musical mastership and legacy have touched most peoples in the world.
The New Orleans Creole are also known as Criollos throughout the continent of The Americas. They, at some point, migrated to the territory known as Gran Columbia although the country of Gran Columbia was broken into 7 countries, but they did not return to Haiti, their homeland for 300 years. The first classical American composer, the Creole pianist Louis M. Gottschalk also migrated out of New Orleans to Brazil where he died in 1869 at the age of 40.
The Creoles victoriously fought against the armies of Spain, England, France, and Portugal. But, they could not fight the southern American "white" population who was mostly illiterate and resentful of the Creole abilities in areas of agriculture, trade, and high culture. The Creoles were self-educated while the southern "white" population depended on government and laws to provide them education.
Thus, in Haiti the Catholic used Vodou as a basis to eliminate the Creole. In the United States, it was race. There were laws protecting whites committing racial based crimes, thus encouraging whites to kill the Creole whose abilities they resented. This was called the "one drop rule" applicable to many laws that pseudo legalize whites' cold blooded killing of Creoles and transatlantic slave trade martyrs.
The Green Family Foundation settled the historical migration of Creoles from Haiti to New Orleans which was virtually unknown until 2011. The following is a short documentary on the Creoles who migrated from Haiti to New Orleans. The video focuses on the achievements of the Creole and also the fact the Creole remain of unknown origin.