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Markus Schwartz & Lakou Brooklyn: Kay Sa

Kay Sa

Traditional, with additional music by Monvelyno Alexis and Markus Schwartz
Arranged by Markus Schwartz and Monvelyno Alexis

This traditional ceremonial song is typically played over the Petwo rhythm. The Kata pattern, an iconic 5-stroke phrase (played over two pulse beats, thus repeated twice in a standard 4/4 measure) is the basis of many popular Haitian rhythms, including Konpa, Petwo, Rara, and Banda among many others. Working from this starting point, I began experimenting with extending the Kata feel over a 5-beat grouping, creating the 5/4 groove employed in the B section of this track.

Kay O                       This house
Kay Sa                       This house is my House of Spirits
Se Kay Lwa’m yo                       Take me away
Mennen’m ale                       Take me home
Kote yo konnen mwen                       To where they know me

Markus Schwartz: Haitian Petwo drums, cajon, ride cymbal, miscellaneous percussion
JMonvelyno Alexis: electric guitar, vocals
Bobby Raymond: contrabass
Godwin Louis: alto saxophone

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