RAM, a mizik rasin band founded by Richard Moorse (named after his initials), combines contemporary dance sounds and traditional Haitian music. “Aïbobo” was released in the early 1990s on the Cave Wall label. The single “Ibo Lele (Dreams Come True)”, from this album was included on the soundtrack of the 1993 movie Philadelphia, starring Tom Hanks and Denzel Washington. The music Moorse writes and performs is inspired by traditional vodou folk music, and incorporates the petwo drums and rara horns used in voodoo ceremonies. Richard Morse became so involved in the voodoo religion through his music that he was initiated as a houngan, or voodoo priest, in 2002.

Describing a RAM concert, Morse explains, “Yes, you might see our dancers go into a trance. Some get possessed by the loas, to the rhythm of the drums, but it’s a natural state when it happens. You can’t fake it.”

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