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....

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...

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...

Songwriter's Corner: Jean Winer Pascal

Words are powerful on their own, but when coupled with a melody, they become the soundtrack to our lives. For that, we are grateful for songwriters. That's why we're highlighting songsmiths in a new series called the Songwriter's Corner. In our first installment, we spoke to Jean Winer Pascal. He's penned songs for Emeline Michel, Beethova Obas, Manno Charlemagne and BélO. That makes him your favorite songwriter's favorite songwriter. Who is Jean Winer PASCAL? ...

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: 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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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: 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...

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...