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...

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...

14 Songs We Loved in 2014

There was a lot of new music to take in this year. A lot. Alan Cavé's much-awaited double album. BélO's latest classic. T-Micky's sophomore release. Debuts from 5 Etwal, X-Tassy and Koneskyon. And many more albums and singles. We could share 300 songs we loved this year, but for time and sanity's sake we're sticking to 14. So here they are, in alphabetical order -- hope you enjoy them like we did. Alan Cave - L'Or de ton Corps A gentle beat rocks you through Alan's stormy quest...

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...

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,...

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→ ...

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...

14 Songs We Loved in 2014

There was a lot of new music to take in this year. A lot. Alan Cavé's much-awaited double album. BélO's latest classic. T-Micky's sophomore release. Debuts from 5 Etwal, X-Tassy and Koneskyon. And many more albums and singles. We could share 300 songs we loved this year, but for time and sanity's sake we're sticking to 14. So here they are, in alphabetical order -- hope you enjoy them like we did. Alan Cave - L'Or de ton Corps A gentle beat rocks you through Alan's stormy quest...

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....

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...

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: 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...

Albums We're Waiting For

Though there's a couple of albums from last year we still can't get enough of, that doesn't mean we can't look forward to a great lineup in 2016. Here are some of the albums that we can't wait for this year. 1. Carimi Their last album, Invasion, has yet to come out the 5-disc changer in most people's cars. The live album, "Kite M Cho" made us fall in love with the tracks even more. With Michael's return to the band after a month-long vacation/mini retirement, we're sure...

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? ...