voodoo in america
40 magnificent titles of blues, jazz, rock ‘n’ roll, even calypso, which express all the sentiments of ‘hoodoo’.
with roots deep in western africa, voodoo spread to north america in the 19th century amongst the slaves & free black population living in the creole plantations on the outskirts of new orleans. their great priestess was marie laveau, whose ‘mojo’ skills & love-potions made her the emblem of a religion which became a ‘counter-culture’. as a reaction to the strict disciplines of american protestantism, racism & segregation, voodoo – whether seen as a fantasy doorway to africa or some sweet, erotic heresy – became an outlet for afro-american musicians in search of their roots & identity.