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This Haitian roots band was founded in 1990 and released their debut album, 1995's Jou a Rive, on the Xenophile label. The ten-piece group, playing traditional hand drums as well as electric guitars, blends elements of reggae, African and voodoo music; their sophomore effort Rev Au Nou appeared in 1997.
Boukan Ginen is a mizik rasin band from the city of Port-au-Prince, Haïti. Boukan is the Haitian Kreyòl word for "bonfire" or "fire pit". Ginen is a specific Haitian name for the ancestral home of enslaved Africans by European colonists or European barbarians.
Boukan Ginen won the prize for best carnival song at the 1991 Carnival in Port-au-Prince, for their performance of "Pale Pale W", a song later released on their debut album, Jou a Rive. The song title means "talk" and included lyrics widely interpreted as supporting the presidency of Jean-Bertrand Aristide. The band's music was suppressed by the military authority of the junta led by Raoul Cédras that ruled the country from 1991 to 1994. In 1994, Boukan Ginen became the third Haïtian musical group to receive the Prix Découverte from Radio France International.