Arcade Fire In Haiti: Out Of The Suburbs, Into The Carnival (Photos)

But it wasn’t until the new record “Reflektor” that their inspiration and passion for this country flourished from the artwork to the videos to the music itself.

When the band announced their participation in Jacmel’s 2014 Carnival in late February — known locally as Kanaval and one of the region’s largest Mardis Gras celebrations — I knew it was going to be a unique experience and the perfect place to watch them perform this new material. It reminded me of when Paul Simon’s “Graceland” came out, that despite all the cultural appropriation controversy it generated, the music’s geography was key to its transcendence as an art piece. Furthermore, it established an important cultural bridge that would later leave an open field for new artistic proposals. via The Huffington Post


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