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: 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...

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,...

Songwriter's Corner: Jean Winer Pascal | Part 2

We're back with Part 2 of our interview with Jean Winer Pascal. Here, he breaks down song concepts and individual lines from some of his work for Beethova Obas, BélO and Emeline Michel. Songs with Beethova: Jwèt Mab - Beethova Obas On this song, you compare love to a game of marbles, what sparked that idea? When I was about fourteen, I loved to play marbles and I was good at it. I remember playing against...

Gogomaji Takes Us Into His World

Gogomaji is a new voice in Hip-Hop Kreyòl. With his fusion of racine and rap, Laurenzgo Gauvin has brought a unique sound in the game. We got a chance to chat with Gogomaji about his latest singles, writing and upcoming plans. 1. Gogo Maji. Explain to us the meaning behind Gogo Maji and how did the name come about? My first name is Laurenzgo, composed of both my parents' first name, Laurence et Sergo. My father already...

On Ti Chita Pale

Orginally posted on BizHaiti.com In this episode we talk to Guignard and Darryl they are the co-founders of wikimizik.com. They first met in Haiti and reconnected years back in Tallahassee Florida. Guignard has a Master in Industrial Engineering and a minor in Computer Science, Darryl has a Master in Public Relation and Copy Writing. Wikimizik is a community driven site where artist can upload their lyrics and users can interpret the lines to provide deeper meaning. Guignard talks about having...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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....

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...

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...