Ti Roro

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Raymond Baillargau
Raymond Baillargau

Diedcirca 1980
Other namesTi Roro, Ti Ro Ro, Tiroro
Years active1939-1980
Known forAfro-Haitian drumming

Baillargau Raymond, known as Ti Roro, was a Haitian drummer known for bringing the artistry of Haitian Vodou ritual drumming and other traditional Afro-Haitian drumming styles to the stage and to recording studios. He was an international performer who influenced jazz musicians, in particular, Max Roach. His year of birth is estimated to be 1915. It is widely believed that he died in 1980, probably in Port-au-Prince. [1]

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Ti Roro's performances and collaborations can be found on solo recordings and in work for such artists as orchestra leader Issa El Saieh, singer Guy Durosier, and dancer Jean-Léon Destiné.

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  1. Weinstein, Norman (1992). A Night in Tunisia: Imaginings of Africa in Jazz . Metuchen, N.J.: Scarecrow Press. pp.  244. ISBN   0810825252.