Five Diaspora Winter Anthems

A few weeks ago, all 50 states reached freezing temperatures. The Polar vortex may be gone, but most of us still can't feel our toes. Since humans can't hibernate, staying in and hunkering down is only a temporary fix. Plus, we have to brave the cold to pay those bills. Good thing, we have music to warm our souls. Quite a few Haitian artists have migrated to the States, Canada, and Europe. They've all experienced the winter blues and expressed their lingering homesickness in song. Here are a few of our favorites. They're a potent cocktail of frustration and nostalgia. We'd cry,...

Underground Spotlight: Glamorous

WikiMizik is not just discovering the meaning behind the lyrics, we also want to give you the opportunity to discover new artists, new sounds in the HMI. Through this segment, Underground Spotlight, we will feature up-and-coming artists. We start with Glamorous, a fresh face in Rap Kreyòl, a master in wordplay. We sat down with Glamorous after the release of his latest single, Men Sa Ki Style Sou Beat. 1. Glamorous - poukisa non sa, e ki kote l soti? Non atis la se Glamorous, Lirik6 Panik Lan se aka mwen....

Triye [ Trier = Sort out ]

Originally posted on: blog.yvensr.com. "The good ones are already taken, now a days you have to sift through to find a good one" Recently while listening to a single from one of the most popular Haitian musical bands-- Kreyol la. The single off their upcoming album which is cautiously titled "Triye" (which means to sort out, pluck out, or be selective and choosy). The song stipulates that all the good ones are already taken and if a person...

WikiMizik's 2014 Random List

2014 was too much of a great year for us to give you just one top list, so here is the most random Top Lists you'll ever find. Enjoy! We'd love to read your comments below. Top 6 Slogans 1. Moun Yo Pa Pou Mwen - Vag Lavi 2. Ou sou kou m' sou menm - J-Vens 3. Pa parèt pwent tèt ou, parèt tout kòw - Djakout #1 4. Triye pou jwenn yon bon grenn - Kreyol La 5. Le peup siwouzli - T-Vice 6. Le peup men machann gouyad la - 5Lan Top new artist/band you should get to know 1. Koneksyon 2....

Best Lines This Week

This week our users added some great songs on WikiMizik. Here are a few lines that we found ourselves reading more than just once. Let's start with Kite'm Ba Ou Love from Frap La, a hot track that talks about his dire need to give this girl some love. In this line he talks about his terrible financial decisions from this love, you might be able to explain it better than I can. "Mfè vie dèt ki depase mwayenm Pou'm ravitaye m'ipoteke tout sa'm te gen nan menm damn" Kitem...

Haiti Tèt Dwat Pour Le Mondial 2014

Les Haitiens, l'un des peuples les plus amoureux du football, se disent prêts pour vivre encore une fois la passion du football cette année. La plupart des chauffeurs de taptap, taxi moto ont déjá accroché á l'avant de leur véhicule le drapeau de l'équipe qu'ils supportent. Le Brésil encore une fois a le plus de fans que les autres selections, l'Argentine arrive en deuxieme, suivis de l'Allemagne et de l'Italie. Les Bar & Resto sont en couleurs avec les differents drapeaux...

BIOGRAPHY
  • In the later 1980's original founder Dominique Lauture after winning an American Airlines jingle contest, decided to evolve in a direction that was now becoming the craze in Haiti, and form a group playing modern compas, with upbeat rythms and lyrics that the mass could both relate and identify with. This evolution is now what we know to be called the New Generation of Compas. In the 1990's the band changed direction, and under the direction of renown guitar player Claude Marcelin, the band had a more solid repertoire, and included younger less renown musicians (at the time) such as Gracia Delva, and Edzer Charlemagne (T-Pouch).

    In June 1998 the band under the Label Antilles Mizik toured the United States, and released their 3rd CD Titled " Septieme Ciel" another very popular cd, at the time which was well received by all Compas Fans, and especially those fans of the Newer Generation.

    2010, the band at a crossroads both under new management, and tormented by the sadness that has plagued their native homeland, out of compassion for the victims of the January 12th earthquake that took the lives of many people, the band released their most recent CD titled "PWOFITE" (seize the moment).

    In 2013, in addition to have been recognized as the band who has participated most frequently in the Haitian Compas festival's 15 years of existence, they were awarded Carnaval Champions in Haiti twice in one year!
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    Underground Spotlight: VOGGE

    You may not know them yet, but VOGGE is in vogue. Ocho and Ostinato spoke to us about the duo's distinct sound and global aspirations. Get to know them and get ready to shoki on the dance floor. 1. Introduce us to VOGGE. How did the collaboration come about? OCHO: The Collaboration came around in 2014. We knew each other from various sporting events around town, but it wasn't until 2014 that we put our talents together and started...

    From Hi To I Do

    We started Wikimizik because we're passionate about Haitian music and believe our language makes for beautiful storytelling. That's why we're telling a love story through song with "From Hi To I Do." Starting today and ending on Valentine's Day, we'll follow a relationship from the initial encounter to the altar. Everyday we'll share a song or more taking us through the stages of the relationship. There'll be songs that make you smile, and others that may leave you feeling...

    WikiMizik's 2014 Random List

    2014 was too much of a great year for us to give you just one top list, so here is the most random Top Lists you'll ever find. Enjoy! We'd love to read your comments below. Top 6 Slogans 1. Moun Yo Pa Pou Mwen - Vag Lavi 2. Ou sou kou m' sou menm - J-Vens 3. Pa parèt pwent tèt ou, parèt tout kòw - Djakout #1 4. Triye pou jwenn yon bon grenn - Kreyol La 5. Le peup siwouzli - T-Vice 6. Le peup men machann gouyad la - 5Lan Top new artist/band you should get to know 1. Koneksyon 2....

    Haiti Tèt Dwat Pour Le Mondial 2014

    Les Haitiens, l'un des peuples les plus amoureux du football, se disent prêts pour vivre encore une fois la passion du football cette année. La plupart des chauffeurs de taptap, taxi moto ont déjá accroché á l'avant de leur véhicule le drapeau de l'équipe qu'ils supportent. Le Brésil encore une fois a le plus de fans que les autres selections, l'Argentine arrive en deuxieme, suivis de l'Allemagne et de l'Italie. Les Bar & Resto sont en couleurs avec les differents drapeaux...

    HMI Artists Share Their Favorite Holiday Songs

    Nothing gets us in the spirit like holiday music. That got us wondering what jams and traditions make our artists merry. So we asked. ← Previous Next→ ...

    Rapping our History From Dessalines to Martelly

    Tomorrow, we celebrate the Haitian flag's 211th anniversary. We have a lot to be proud of. And a lot to think about. Many songs fit the occasion. Would we feature a nostalgic ode like Jacques Sauveur Jean's Ayiti Cheri and MikaBen's Ayiti Se? Or poignant reality checks like BelO's Detripay? Kumbaya...

    Songwriter's Corner: Paul Beaubrun

    His grandfather, Languichatte, is a national treasure and his parents lead the internationally renown and Grammy-nominated Boukman Eksperyans. Now, Paul Beaubrun and his band, Zing Experience, are stepping into the spotlight. We chatted with Paul to discuss his music, influences and more. And we're excited to witness the next chapter in the rich Beaubrun legacy. Who is Paul Beaubrun? Paul...

    Songwriter's Corner: Roody Laforest

    "Cheri, mwen konnen m pa ase." That's what Roody Laforest sings on his debut single, Mwen Pa Ase. It takes an honest man to admit his shortcomings. But after chatting with the Montreal-based singer, we realized though Roody tells it like it is, he can be a little too hard on himself. Wikimizik talked to him about his musical roots and writing process. We hope you enjoy his straight talk as much as we did. Who is Roody? How am I supposed to answer this question? Let's make it short...