Haitian band performs for students at AACC


Daniel Salomon

The Haitian band RAM performs music at the amphitheater at West Campus

David Stemmle, Daily Editor

A Haitian band came to AACC to perform music for students and faculty in the amphitheater on west campus Thursday.
RAM is a mizik rasin band based out of Port-au-Prince Haiti. They were founded by song-writer and lead vocalist, Richard A. Morse, in 1990.
Their music combines traditional Haitian and African rhythms with modern instruments such as guitars and bass, creating a fusion between eastern and western culture.
“We perform tonight rhythms and concepts from Africa and from the western world,” Morse said. “We take the traditional music; the traditional rhythms; the ‘ra-ra.’ Everyone in [the band] loves that sort of stuff.”
Second-year music education student Ferris Harrison said he enjoyed the concert.
Associate professor Ballengee hosted the event which included workshop classes for students and faculty to learn traditional Haitian drumming styles.
Andrew Mumford said that he had enjoyed the “fusion of rock and roll and ska,” that the band demonstrated.