Herns Duplan – Expression Primitive

Herns Duplan - Expression Primitive LP front cover
Herns Duplan - Expression Primitive LP back cover
Herns Duplan - Expression Primitive LP side 1

Herns DuplanHaitian-born choreographer and musician Herns Duplan studied in the U.S. in the early 1960s before moving to France in the early 1970s where, as a teacher at Paris’ American Center, he introduced the Primitive Dance style in jazz dance, a concept invented by Duplan’s mentor US choreographer Katherine Dunham. Inspired by African rhythms, Primitive Dance, or “Expression Primitive” in French, allows individuals to move away from dance preconceptions, free their emotions and is also used in music therapy. See Duplan’s official website (in French).

The Expression Primitive LP was published by Le Kiosque d’Orphée in 1971, according to the discography on this site, and reissued as “Rythmes Pour L’Expression Primitive” on Unidisc in 1981, ref. UD 30 1479, with the same tracks in a different order and a different cover art. It was recorded in New York by Duplan himself on drums with American percussionists Daniel Barrajanos, Edner Calvin, Morton Saunders and Ronnie. Intended to be used during Duplan’s classes and workshops, the 7 percussion tracks are inspired by Voodoo music and other African rhythms.

01 Yanvalou 2 (5:08)
02 Zepol (5:11)
03 Banda (5:47)
04 Congo (5:06)
05 Yanvalou 1 (5:22)
06 Samba (5:03)
07 Rumba (8:32)

Total time 40:00
LP released by Le Kiosque d’Orphée, ref. KO/DUPL, France, 1971

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4 Responses to “Herns Duplan – Expression Primitive”


  1. 1 François August 27, 2012 at 10:36 pm

    Unable to dl my dear , why don’t you use mediafire or zippyshare ?
    François

  2. 2 continuo August 28, 2012 at 6:18 am

    Try lesser known cyberlockers like BayFiles or Crocko.

  3. 3 François August 28, 2012 at 10:34 am

    Crocko works fine for me ; thanks for the advice dear Continuo.

  4. 4 continuo August 28, 2012 at 10:47 am

    You’re welcome.


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