Tjovi Ginen

Tjovi Ginen

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a blend of African, Latin and Haitian vodou rhythms. Original lyrics lace each track with Reggae, Ska and Jamaican dub poetry

Biography

TJOVI GINEN, which roughly means “children or spirit of Africa”, invokes their message of freedom through a blend of African, Latin and Haitian vodou rhythms. Their lyrics lace each track with Reggae, Ska and Jamaican dub poetry which unfold stories of struggle and triumph, pain and power, love and more love for each other and ourselves.

Daniel Laurent, founder and leader of TJOVI GINEN, fled Duvalier’s brutal regime with his family at the age of 11. , Laurent immersed himself in the Haitian music scene in Boston, forming the group, Batwal Rada in the 1980’s. He studied the tanbou, the nuances of Haitian vodou rhythms and the origins of rara- spiritual street festival music. As the Haitian Roots Movement began to reach its peak and Haiti became a political volcano, Laurent branched out and formed TJOVI GINEN – a more politically charged collective that incorporates the roots and rhythms of the island nation and its mother, Africa.
TJOVI GINEN is a primary example of how Haitian roots music has no boundaries and embraces all colors, nations and creeds. A mainstay in the New York music scene, TJOVI GINEN is an ensemble of seasoned musicians representing their Latin, African and American culture and history all supported by the tanbou, vodou rhythms, and Haitian chants.

Lyrics

Waiting Game

Written By: Daniel Laurent

Waiting Game

Girl waited many moons, girl waited night and day for her knight to come. She prayed and she prayed, she prayed Yemaya for their soul to keep, she prayed and she prayed, she prayed Yemaya.
Wait ManMan Wait Manman wait, don't you play the waiting Game?(2)
Don't you wait for Love?
Promises, promises, promises
Daniel Laurent

Discography

Tjovi Ginen, Tjovi Ginen, LP. 1999, Soundworks Studio., Pe Pe single, 2001 Madame price records.
Email Tjoviginen@hotmail.com for your copy

Set List

Set 1
Be Brief
Island For Sale
Trouble in Paradise
Waiting Game
Maroons
Pe Pe
Crossing Jordan
Hades For you
Haiti