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Boukan Ginen


Boukan Ginen came together as a group in 1990, begun by lead vocalist Eddy Francois. Francois, along with percussionist Evens Seney and guitarist Vladimir (Jimmy) Jean-Felix all came to Boukan Ginen from the band Boukman Eksperyans. Proud of their Haitian heritage, they are winners of best carnival song at Haitian Carnival in 1991, for the song Pale Pale W. This was the Carnaval Chanjman (Carnival of Change), an event that ushered in the presidency of Father Jean-Bertrand Aristide, a huge change for the county as a whole. Boukan means bonfire or fire pit, Ginen evolved in Haiti as the name for the ancestral home of enslaved Africans, probably originating from the country Guinea.

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