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,...

For Mom

That voice in your head isn't your conscience. It's your mother, whispering "Pitit mwen, sa a w'ap fè la a?" Reminding you that you're better than this. Telling you to dust yourself off and finish what you started. Urging you to be as great as she knows you were destined to be. Because that's what mothers do. She always knows best and always wants the best for you. Whether your mother is a short drive away, a phone call away, or in heaven watching down, these songs remind us that the our greatest...

4Mula's Chapter 1

Jude and Carl Edouard (Carlitow) Deslouches have been on our radar since they dropped Se Ou Mwen Vle and the subsequent EP. Once in a while, the brothers would tease us with a new track. Late last year, they introduced 4Mula, a new band with fellow Montrealites and former Vibrasyon members, Romuald Paul and Benjamin Guirand. Their debut, "Chapter 1", is a groovy ride anchored by the Deslouches' warm vocals. It's the kind of album that will jump start any party and keep it rocking all night long. All you need is an aux cord. We...

Songwriter's Corner: J-Ron

Ever since he dropped All I Want is You, Ronald "J-Ron" Jean, has been working hard mastering his unique blend of RnB infused Konpa and Zouk. And he sure has perfected it. Song after song, he drops silky vocals over buttery smooth tracks. We talked to the singer-songwriter about his writing, influences and plans to take his sound worldwide. 1. If J-Ron was not a singer-songwriter what could have been another path? If I wasn't a singer, I'd...

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...

Kompasoul Impresses On 'No Rules'

No Rules is the debut album of Kompasoul, a new band from Montreal, Canada. The 13 tracks flow seamlessly and leave you dancing throughout the duration of the project. What's most impressive about Kompasoul is their versatility. While the band is able to churn out hard-hitting club bangers promoters will love (Pè severans, Pirana, Manje Pou 2), they also craft mellow konpa love and zouk hits DJs will spin. And the transition between the two sounds is effortless. Even...

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→ ...

Songwriter's Corner: Kelly Krow

Singer, rapper, songwriter, comedian, social media content creator, Kelly Krow wears so many hats that it's almost certain that you've come across his work either on a music or a social media platform. Within the past year, Kelly Krow has solidified his position in the HMI with hits like PAM, Say What. He has recently released his latest single Ha Ha Ha. We are pleased to do this new Q&A interview with Kelly Krow. He tells us how he got started in the music business, he describes the uniqueness of his sound, and talks about his creative process. ...