It is no secret that we all, especially being Caribbean, love to rock to any beat we hear. There is always a new artist to explore, something new in the neighborhood of music that fills us with joy every day. For this rendition of “Top 5 Chart Toppers”, we head to Haiti to explore, new and old, which artists are receiving the most streams by listeners.
Reigning queen of Haitian song Emeline Michel covers a lot of ground, writing songs that draw upon Haitian compass, twubadou and rara as well as jazz, rock, pop, bossa nova and samba. Whichever direction Michel goes on, his voice is clear and forceful as she is dramatically imparting her political lyrics in Haitian Creole and French, offering up messages about AIDS, social justice and peace. Kreyol, her Times Square records, is a standout that should help US audiences catch up with the English speaking world that already adores her
William is a Haitian-born DJ, bassist, multi-instrumentalist and vocalist from Brooklyn, whose signature Haitian folk song was inspired by the New York-based Spiritual Life Music brand.
His Tèt Kale sound combines acoustic grooves with electronica.
In the heart of the world, the world is one of the world's most important people. of their native land. Instantly, Carimi became a household name.
They are known to be one of the first younger generation of digital bands. They had a lot to do with the Haitian diaspora, and they had a lot to do with them.
Originated with 6, then had 9, before splitting up. They included:
Carlo Old: keyboard voice / leader
Richard Cavé: keyboard voice / leader
Michael Guirand: voice / leader
Glenny Benoit: bass guitar
Stanley Jean: tanbou
Noldy Cadet: bass
Marc C. Widmack: conga
Alex Thebaud: percussion, voice
Boukman Eksperyans is a mizik rasin band from the city of Port-au-Prince, Haiti. The band derives its name from Dutty Boukman, a voodoo priest who led a religious ceremony in 1791 that is widely considered the start of the Haitian Revolution. The other half of the band's name, “Eksperyans”, is the Kréyòl word for “experience”, and was inspired by the band's appreciation of the music of Jimi Hendrix. The band was at the height of its popularity in 1991 when the presidency of Jean Bertrand Aristide was overthrown in a military coup
Like many other artists and performers, Boukman Eksperyans fled the country to live in exile. During their time abroad, the band performed and spoke against the dictatorship of Raoul Cédras. In 1994, after Aristide was restored to power, the band returned to Haiti, where they continued to play concerts, record albums, and perform at Carnival celebrations.
Wyclef Jean is a Haitian-American rapper and producer, known for his membership in the hip hop superstar trio The Fugees, and known for a series of high-profile hit singles. Jean moved to Brooklyn, New York when he was nine, then to Northern New Jersey, where he began playing guitar and studying jazz in his high school.
In August of 2010, John announced his intention to seek the presidency of Haiti . This move came after his high profile in the earthquake of the earthquake that devastated that nation.
Each month we will debunk different areas “Top Charters” so we can all become well versed, or even get introduced to something new to groove to.
If you have listened to any of the artists listed above, let us know how you feel about them. Do you have a favorite? What area in the Caribbean would you like to see?