Haitian band Rara Lakay  arrived  in the UK this week especially for the  Night of Festivals 2012 event and  kicked off  the schools sessions in Nottingham. 

The band by explained the context of the unusual rara music within the history of Haiti; then how melodies and rhythms are built up using with the particular  instruments associated with Rara – drums and specially made Haitian cornets, with the addition of some other percussion. The participants aged between   9-11  and  11-14  joined in and gradually built up their own Rara sound and were delighted by the noise it was possible to produce whilst parading around the classroom making a mash of rhythms!

The innovative workshops have been programmed as part of the build-up to Night of Festivals 2012 and successfully united very different cultures in musical expression.

Rara Lakay will take part in the Carnival procession from Old Market Square in Nottingham on Friday 22 June – see route