What does a Haitian literary giant and a Glasgow song writer have in common? Answer Claophonies! Rob Ellen asks some more questions.
Frankétienne is one of the foremost literary figures in the Caribbean, actor playwright, poet, artist and now recording artist, with a career that spans half a century, he has been short listed for the Nobel Prize and is wildly regarded as the renaissance man of his Haitian people.
Mark Mulholland is a guitarist, singer and songwriter from Glasgow, who has made numerous albums both solo and with bands. Mark moved to Haiti in 2010, where he has been working on youth music projects in a cultural centre in Port-au-Prince, as well as collaborating with established Haitian artists and continuing his musical activities in Europe during regular trips back there.
I first met Mark when he did a Highland tour with a great little sting band called 2 Dollor Bash who worked out of Berlin, but travelled everywhere in Europe and toured The US, I had the great pleasure of organising a Highland tour for Mark and fellow Scot guitarist songwriter Craig Ward. And we shared a panel together on DIY Music at WOMEX Thessaloniki in 2013, where he was in attendance representing Haitian music.
He and his father Joe Mulholland of The Hidden Gallery were instrumental in bringing the great man to Scotland for the first time, I have the privilege of paying witness and asking Mark the questions.
Here is my Videoblog –Rob Ellen
The album is available from http://www.jezusfactory.com/