Haitian Culture, Art and Music

Haiti is shaped by many different cultures, with African, French, Spanish, and American Indian influences. Haitian paintings are often characterized by vivid colors and the mystic stories, rituals, and gods of the voodoo religion. In addition to canvas paintings, metal art is often produced in Haiti.

Traditionally, the main music genre in Haiti is Kompa. It developed from Méringue, which has been the national music genre in Haiti since the 1800’s. Presently, many young people are also listening to Haitian rap, which highlights social and political issues, as well as materialism.

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