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...

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: 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...

Listen to Wikimizik's New Podcast

Episode 1: Jean Winer Pascal We're excited to launch Nannan Podcast. We'll be having candid conversations that get to the heart of music with our favorite songwriters, artists, musicians, producers and fans too. In our first episode, we chat with songwriter Jean Winer Pascal. He's written classics for Beethova, BélO and...

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...

Top 16 of 2016

2016 was an epic year for the HMI. We mourned over a few break ups and celebrated new beginnings. Throughout these ups and downs great music came flowing through our speakers faster than we could consume. Our playlist this year was extremely rich and diverse with hits from the former President to new comers in the game. You can imagine assembling a list of best songs of the year would be difficult. We decided to take the easy route and avoid subjectivity by providing you with the 16 most popular songs from 2016 on Wikimizik. Check back every hour. Enjoy and on to 2017! 16....

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....

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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,...