Tchaka is one of the most popular meals in Haitian cuisine. It’s a “melting pot” – a tasty mélange of different food products such as corn, beans with pork, and crustaceans. Likewise, Haitian folklore consists of a huge variety of rhythms and dances that when mixed together give birth to extraordinary works. Bon appétit and happy listening!
Translation of Haitian Creole text:
Turn up the fire! We are going to eat tchaka!
Turn up the fire, stir up the corn, don’t forget the salt pork,
We are going to eat a delicious tchaka.
We are going to cook up a mind-blowing stew.
At the sound of the three drums, everyone yells out hurray.
If we join together we can all move forward.
Let us enmesh in lovely harmony
A delicious homemade stew, a musical tchaka.
It’s a delicious homemade stew, a national tchaka,
A delicious homemade stew…
Turn up the fire! Turn up the fire!
*Yanvalou, Kontredans, Rabòday are amazing.
Roots music, oh yes, that’s good stuff.
Let’s stick together; side by side we can move forward.
Turn up the fire! Turn up the fire! The tchaka is cooking…
Tchaka recording 1:
Tesoro High School Madrigals
Keith Hancock, conductor
Western ACDA Conference (West coast premiere)
Pasadena, CA – February 25, 2016
Tchaka recording 2:
Cal State Long Beach – Bob Hope School of Music
Jonathan Talberg, conductor
Tchaka recording 3:
Robinson Secondary School Singers
Michael T. Horanski, conductor
Tchaka recording 4:
World Premiere by the WVACDA All-State High School Chamber Choir
Dr. Kym Scott, conductor
Charleston, West Virginia
January 30, 2016