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,...

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: 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: 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? ...

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...

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...