RAM - Fèy (Racine/vodou music) (by ambreginny)
Fey yo gade mwen nan branch mwen, yo move tan pase li voye’m jete. Jou we’m tonbe a se pa jou a m’koule, jou we’m tonbe a se pa jou a m’ koule papa le ya bezwen mwen kote ya jwenn mwen.
In 1991, a military junta headed by Raoul Cédras seized power in a coup d’etat, overthrowing the elected president, Jean-Bertrand Aristide. RAM, a rasin band in Port-au-Prince, which had run afoul of military authorities before, first performed “Fèy” at the 1992 Carnival in Port-au-Prince, and then began to perform the song during their weekly concerts at the Hotel Oloffson. Despite no overt references to the political situation, a recording of the song was widely played on the radio and immediately taken up throughout the country as an unofficial anthem of support for Aristide. Playing or singing the song was soon banned under military authority, and RAM’s leader, Richard A. Morse, was subjected to death threats from the regime. In September, 1994, U.S. military troops arrived to oust the Cédras regime and restore Aristide to his presidency. “Fèy” was released on RAM’s first album, Aïbobo, in 1996.