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Rabòday is a rhythm of traditional dance music played to the drum and is arranged to electronic music.[2][3][4][5][6]


Rabòday is a name borrowed from one of the hundreds of traditional Vodou rhythms, one that is at every base of Haitian music.[2]


Rabòday[7] emerged in the mid-2000s and was inspired by Rasin music, which is the mixture of traditional Haitian rhythms and with pop-rock music since the 1980s. As in Rasin, Rabòday talks about society's problems.[1] A high-octane mélange of electronic sounds, live syncopated rhythms and politically charged lyrics, Raboday music was spearheaded by Fresh La, Haitian pop singer and leader of the band Vwadèzil. It has become the defining sound of a generation of young Haitians recovering from a major natural disaster: the devastating 2010 earthquake.[8]


Rabòday has a 4/4 dance rhythm.[1]


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  2. ^ a b Ferreira, Susana, ed. (7 July 2015). "How Disaster And Tragedy Spawned A Radical Music Movement In Haiti". BuzzFeed. Retrieved 29 October 2015.
  3. ^ Thump staff, ed. (9 May 2014). "Thump's Haitian Dance Music Glossary". Thump. Retrieved 29 October 2015.
  4. ^ Côté-Paluck, Etienne, ed. (15 July 2013). "Musique du Ghetto: Raboday". Urbania. Retrieved 29 October 2015. (in French)
  5. ^ Asimov, Nanette, ed. (28 May 2011). "Carnaval Dancers, Float Makers Prepare for Parade". SF Gate. Retrieved 29 October 2015.
  6. ^ Revital Lynch, ed. (10 December 2021). "Who has the credit for the paternity of the "Rabòday"?". News Advance. Retrieved 10 December 2021.
  7. ^ "Who has the credit for the paternity of the "Rabòday"?".
  8. ^ "Fresh La: Haiti's political pop star on voicing the sound of a generation". CBC Arts. Nov 24, 2015.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)