Haiti I Am Sorry

"Haiti I am Sorry", or simply "Haiti", is a calypso song written and composed by David Rudder, and first recorded in 1988 for the album Haiti by David Rudder and Charlie's Roots. The song, which begins with the words: "Toussaint was a mighty man/ and to make matters worse he was black...",[1] is a tribute to the glory and suffering of Haiti, and was described in the AllMusic review as "a remarkable ode to Caribbean unity".[2][3]

"Haiti I am Sorry"
Song by David Rudder
from the album Haiti
GenreCalypso, reggae, soca
LabelSire, Lypsoland, London
Songwriter(s)David Rudder
Producer(s)Joe R. Brown, Charlie's Roots




The song has been credited with having in 1988 "brought impoverished Creole-speaking Haiti to the attention of the English-speaking Caribbean",[4] and is frequently referenced in connection with ongoing political and environmental problems in Haiti.[5][6][7][8] It was selected by Margaret Busby as one her eight musical choices on Desert Island Discs in June 2021.[9]

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  1. ^ Philip, M. NourbeSe (9 February 2010). "Letter to Haiti". M. NourbeSe Philip. Retrieved 19 April 2021.
  2. ^ Scaramuzzo, Gene. "Charlie's Roots / David Rudder | Haiti". AllMusic. Retrieved 19 March 2021.
  3. ^ James, Mike (25 January 2010). "Haiti I'm sorry". Catholic News.
  4. ^ Ransome, Debbie (28 August 2011). "Trinidad musician David Rudder: Calypso as commentary". BBC World Service.
  5. ^ Croft, Colin (24 January 2010). "Haiti I Am Sorry". Trinidad and Tobago Guardian.
  6. ^ "‘Haiti’ sung by David Rudder", When Steel Talks, 2008.
  7. ^ "Haiti should not suffer!". Jamaica Observer. 11 October 2016.
  8. ^ "Letters to the Editor: Haiti, I am sorry". Trinidad and Tobago Newsday. 10 July 2021.
  9. ^ Green, Alex (26 June 2021). "Pioneering publisher Margaret Busby says industry still needs more diversity". Belfast Telegraph.

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