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Ibo Lele

from Ibo Lele by Jephté Guillaume

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Ibo Lele, the principal Lwa (spirit) contributed to the pantheon of Haitian Vodou by the Ibo People, it is commonly referred to as Ibo Granmoun. Granmoun means an adult, an elder, or (in Vodou) one who possesses spiritual wisdom. The term Ibo can refer directly to the Ibo natioon, to Ibo Granmoun, or to the songs and dannces of the Ibo nation performed in Vodou ceremonies.


Ibo Lele, Latibonit, granmoun pa jwe o
Ibo Lele, Ibo Lele o
Ibo Lele Latibonit, granmoun pa jwe o
Si'm te la le grann mwen te la
Si'm te la le grann mwen te la
Si'm te la le grann mwen te la
Li ta montre'm danse Ibo
Ibo, Ibo Lele

(english Lyrics)
Ibo Lele, the Artibonite [a river and region in Haiti]
The elders don't mess around
Ibo Lele, Ibo Lele o
Ibo Lele, the Artibonite
The elders don't mess around
If I were there when my great Grandmother was there
She would have taught me to dance Ibo
Ibo Lele


from Ibo Lele, track released January 1, 1999
Recorded and Mixed at Funky SLice Studios, Brooklyn, NY
Recording and Mixing Engineers: Serge Tsai Meu Chong & Yoichi "Control" Watanabe.
Edited by Jephté Guillaume and Joaquin Joe Claussell.
Mastered by Tony Dawsey at Masterdisk
Art: Christine Nicolin

Jephté Guillaume: vocals, keys, bass, acoustic guitar, drum programming, Haitian percussions.
Daniel "Dadi" Beaubrun: vocals & Haitian percussions
Marjorie Beaubrun: vocals
Gashford Guillaume: vocals
Frederic "Fredo" Fargeas: keyboards lead
Robert "Jwif Ginen" Miller: flute
Gaston "Bonga" Jean Baptiste: Haitian drums

Executive producers: Stefan Prescott, Jephté Guillaume & Joaquin Claussell


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