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Bonga Jean-Baptiste

"Bonga" Jean-Baptiste was born in Croix-des-Missions, La Plaine, Haiti, to a family with a long lineage of Vodou tradition.  As a core member of the seminal Haitian roots bands, Boukman Eksperyans and Foulà, Bonga was invited to the U.S. in the '90s when musicians were becoming a strong voice for the Haitian people. Since then, Bonga has continued to play solo and in ensemble and at numerous worldwide venues. He is a featured performer with Peter Yarrow, Grace Jones, Dan Zanes and Urban Tap, to mention a few. His drums opened the NY premiere of the Rolling Stones "Voodoo Lounge" tour and he is prominently featured on recordings by Wyclef Jean and Salif Keita.

Ayiti Afrika - Bonga & the Vodou Drums of Haiti (2006)
Kanzo - Bonga (2000)
Jazz Racine album with Jacques Schwarz-Bart (2012)
"La Siren", Little Nut Tree with Dan Zanes (2011)
Father Goose - Dan Zanes (2008)
Puff & Other Family Classics - Peter, Bethany & Rufus (2007)
900 Miles - Bethany & Rufus (2006)
All Around The Kitchen - Dan Zanes (2004)
Caravane - Urban Tap (2001)
Zinga - Eddy Francois (2000)
Voyage of Dreams - Jephté Guillaume (1997)
Raw Material: Kote Moun Yo - DJ Hiro & Masabumi Kikuchi (1996)
Wyclef Jean Presents The Carnival (1997)
"JuJu" Remix - Salif Keita  (1997)
Peter Yarrow
Bethany & Rufus
Dan Zanes
Boukman Eksperyans
Boukan Guinen
Celia Cruz
Grace Jones
Pat Hall Dance
Papa Jube & the Jubelation Band
Rara Machine
Urban Tap
Tète Kale Orchestra
Jean Paul Bourelly
Emeline Michel
Jean-Léon Destiné
Martha Jean-Claude
Blanche Brown/Petit La Croix