This past year saw the release of the incredible 10-CD box set Alan Lomax in Haiti. The original recordings, made by Alan Lomax between 1936 and 1937, were first deemed unlistenable by Lomax due to bad sound quality. However, because of recent audio restoration
technology and the hard work of a many Haitian music enthusiasts, the
music was been made available. Ethnomusicologist Gage Averill curated
the music on the box set as well as wrote a book to accompany the
recordings. Elliot Stapleton speaks with Averill about Lomax, the history of
Haitian music and his involvement with relief efforts to Haiti in the wake of the devastating 2010 earthquake (42 minutes).