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...

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...

Discover Talie's Debut EP 16 Novembre

Since Nathalie Cerin released her first two studio singles, Ti Nèg Chèlbè and Bèl Tifi, we've been waiting for a complete project from her. It's finally here, and it's a live EP she recorded on her birthday. On 16 Novembre, we find a more seasoned artist, with a firmer grasp on the world. Gone is the bubbly sweetness of her earlier material. The patina of life - wilted relationships, career shifts, last-minute apartment hunts - has molded her...

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. ...

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...

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...

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...

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,...