Kanaval: Haitian Rhythms & the Music of New Orleans was produced by WXPN at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia.

Executive Producers: Roger LaMay and Bruce Warren (also writer on Hour 3)

Senior Producer – Alex Lewis (writer on Hours 1 and 2)

Assistant Producer – Eve Abrams (writer on Hour 2)

Editor – Cheryl Devall

Production assistance by Sam Kesler

The documentary is hosted by Leyla McCalla.

Musician interviews:

  • Paul Beaubrun
  • Chico Boyer
  • Win Butler & Regine Chassagne of Arcade Fire
  • Ben Jaffe of Preservation Hall Jazz Band
  • Bruce “Sunpie” Barnes
  • Nathalie Cerin
  • Richard Morse of RAM.
  • Steeve Valcourt of Lakou Mizik
  • Logan Schutts
  • Michael Brun
  • Luther Gray
  • Theodore Lolo Beaubrun of Boukman Eksperyans

Historians, authors and scholars

  • Ned Sublette (historian, author, and musician)
  • Laurent DuBois (Duke University and author of numerous books on Haitian history)
  • Angel Adams Parham, Ph.D. (Distinguished Professor of Social Science and Associate Professor of Sociology at Loyola University-New Orleans),
  • Edwidge Danticat
  • Linda Reno & Lori Martineau (Haitianola Organization)
  • Elizabeth McAlister, Professor of Religion and African American studies at Wesleyan University and author of Rara! Vodou, Power, and Performance in Haiti and Its Diaspora.
  • Maryse DeJean (On-air host WWOZ)

Additional credits:

Voice acting (Hour 1) – Eamon Fogerty

Archival Audio courtesy of: NPR’s Fresh Air with Terry Gross, The Studs Terkel Radio Archive, and the Radio Haiti Archive at Duke University.

Music courtesy of Blue Dot Sessions.

Hours One and Two were mixed and mastered by Jeff Towne

Hour Three was mixed and mastered by Will Loftus

Additional recording by John Myers.

Special thanks to: Ben Jaffe, Mike Martinovich, Greg Lucas and the rest of the crew at the Preservation Hall Jazz Band. Smithsonian Folkways. Linda Reno and Lori Martineau of the Hatianola Organization. Elizabeth McAlister, Paul Beaubrun, Zach Niles, and Jake Nussbaum.

Kanaval: Haitian Rhythms & the music of New Orleans has been supported by The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage. Additional support comes from the Wyncote Foundation and the NEA.