Priye Ginen CD

Last night I was visiting various Vodou sites and noticed that Mambo Pat (aka Mambo Vye Zo Komande LaMenfo, author of “Serving the Spirits: The Religion of Haitian Vodou“) has a CD available for order on the Sosyete du Marche website. When I saw the title of the CD, my heart leapt for joy: “La Priye Ginen: The Prayer of Africa.” (Scroll down under the row of photos.)

The Priye Ginen is recited at the beginning of Vodou services, and consists of prayers and songs to Bondye, the Saints and the Lwa. The CD description reads:

The opening prayer of a Vodou ceremony, LaPriye is the call to the Spirits of Sosyete du Marche, to come join in celebrating life’s journey with us. The CD opens with the classic Catholic prayers in both English and French. From there, it transitions to the French hymns that set the tone of the prayer. Following what is known as the Catholic Litany is the Djo (pronounced “d-jo”). Sung in both Haitian Creole and English, it lists the Saints in the order of reglemen followed in Sosyete du Marche. The Djo then changes to the order of Rada Lwa, followed by Djouba and then by Nago nations. The coda is sung between segments, to help differentiate the lists. The Rada portion is followed by the Gede nation and finally the Petro spirits.

Sung both in English, Haitian Kreyol and French, Mambo leads the listener deeper into the beauty of the prayer with clear pronunciations and by singing each segment three times, so the listener can learn as they sing.

The Priye Ginen is the foundation of Haitian Vodou. It orders the service and allows each person to find their own path within the framework of a service. Listen to Mambo, as she leads us in the basic prayers of Vodou.

At this point in time, I’ve attended a number of services and participated in the priye many times. However, I am just beginning to learn a bit of Kreyol and I still garble many words. My tongue just can’t wrap itself around all of the pronunciations just yet. I’ve known for a while that what I really need to do is sit down and listen to the various sections of the priye over and over again while I follow along with the printed copy. And this CD is exactly what I need.

Bless you, Mambo, for offering this CD to the public! Ayibobo!


5 Responses to “Priye Ginen CD”

  1. Okay, this is super exciting. I’ve been looking for a good recording of the priye for YEARS. Awesome.

  2. This is great because one can have the information stored without having to write it down or remember it by ear like the old days!!

  3. Hey there! Just dropping by to let you know that I mentioned/nominated your blog for the Witchy Blog Award — Thank you for keeping a blog worth sharing!

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