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❝ Bouki and Malice are two figures of Haitian folklore. Tonton Bouki is dumb, rough and greedy whereas Ti Malis is clever, refined and smart. Malis usually tricks Bouki.
These two archetypical figures reflect a conflict in the Haitian society between the ruling class and the rest of the population.
In “Ainsi parla l’oncle,” Jean Price-Mars suggests “Bouki” comes from the Bouriqui – a coastal tribe in Africa.
Jun 11, 2015 at 10:48 AM
❝ The same people who refuse to put their hands in the sticky, messy dough have their butter out and ready for the bread.
Beethova uses the dough analogy to show how the same people who do nothing to improve the situation are those who can't wait to reap the rewards of others' efforts.
Apr 30, 2015 at 2:03 PM
❝ "We refuse to put our hands in the dough, but we say we are working for it."
You can't criticize something if you're not doing anything to improve it.
"Nou" is an interesting word in the Kreyòl language. In French, "nous" = "we" -- first person plural. But in Kreyòl, it can also mean the second person plural "you."
So this can also be some self-criticism from Beethova, as well as a message to the Haitian society. ❞
Apr 30, 2015 at 1:57 PM
❝ In August, September and October 1964, “Papa Doc” Duvalier ordered the killing of 27 people in Jérémie, ranging from 2 to 85 years old. They were all related to “Jeune Haiti,” a group of 13 young Haitians that landed at at Petite-Rivière-de-Dame-Marie on August 6, 1964 with the intention of overthrowing the regime.
While they fought in the hills, Duvalier ordered the arrest and murder of their family members.
Apr 30, 2015 at 1:48 PM
❝ On April 22, 1994, military and paramilitary forces attacked the Raboteau neighborhood in Gonaïves, Haiti, where citizens were participating in pro-Jean-Bertrand Aristide demonstrations after his coup in 1991.
The troops went house-to-house at dawn, beating and arresting citizens. Those who ran were shot.
Official court documents claim 6 people were killed, but journalists believe up to 30 or more were killed. ❞
Apr 30, 2015 at 1:40 PM
❝ Titanyen is a small village north of Port-au-Prince. During the "Papa Doc" and "Baby Doc" Duvalier regimes, government thugs brought hundreds of political rivals there, executed them and buried their bodies in unmarked graves.
Apr 30, 2015 at 1:32 PM
❝ In this verse, Beethova lists some violent events in Haiti's recent history.
On Dec 5. 1990, just 2 weeks before Haiti's first democratic election, a bomb exploded during a rally for Jean Bertrand Aristide at Place St. Pierre, a park in Petion-Ville.
Seven people died and 50 were injured. ❞
Apr 30, 2015 at 1:27 PM
❝ "Every man for himself, God for us all."
A famous epigram from John Heywood's anthology "Proverbs," published in 1596.
We live in a selfish world, where we are more concerned about individual success than universal well-being. ❞
Apr 21, 2015 at 9:53 AM
❝ Chiktay (chiquetaille) is a Haitian hors d'oeuvre made with smoked herring or chicken. It is usually served at parties with bread.
Micky's music is so popular it is being played at all the parties in town. ❞
Apr 10, 2015 at 2:33 PM
❝ Bosko = hunchback(ed).
Pa vin geri bosko w sou do m = Don't try to heal your hunchback on my back.
Some friends will try to put their problems on your back. They take advantage of you and try to get well-off at your expense. ❞
Apr 9, 2015 at 9:26 AM
❝ When you kiss someone, you show you trust them and are open to them. Literally. You swap bodily fluids and smell them up close.
So that first kiss is like a test. Klemay passed it and his life changed for the best.
Mar 24, 2015 at 2:06 PM
❝ These so-called friends will snitch on you and will even will put your wife on a 3-way call with your sidepiece. ❞
Mar 18, 2015 at 3:56 PM
❝ Beljazz maestro, Ralph Menelas, coined the term "ti fozi" to refer to disloyal and fake friends.
According to co-writer, Jean Rony Dorvil, this song was written as a takedown to former 509 singer Ti Kenny and manager, Boogie after they ditched the band.
Gabel singer, Katalog, and former percussionist, Fanfan Epav, are also targeted for ditching Ralph's subsequent projects. ❞
Mar 18, 2015 at 3:43 PM
❝ Based on a quote about betrayal from Claude Louis Hector de Villars, French Secretary of War under King Louis XV. ❞
Mar 18, 2015 at 3:38 PM
❝ French idiom that translates to "Get out of the way, so I can take your place."
Political theorists have used this saying to describe everything from domestic politics to neocolonialism.
Here, Boukman is describing the perpetual cycle of coup d'états in Haiti. Every time a new regime takes power, the opposition wants to topple them.
Feb 6, 2015 at 10:15 AM
❝ The "wozo" metaphor could also be derived from Jean de la Fontaine's fable "Le Chêne et le Roseau."
In the fable, an oak tree feels sorry for a reed because it bends so much in the wind. The reed tells the oak tree not to worry. "I bend, but I do not break."
In the end, the oak tree is uprooted by the strong winds. ❞
Jan 12, 2015 at 4:26 PM
❝ Haitian proverb: "Wozo pliye men l pa kase."
The reed bends, but does not break.
It is derived from a quote by, Confucius, the great Chinese philosopher:
"The green reed which bends in the wind is stronger than the mighty oak which breaks in a storm.” ❞
Jan 12, 2015 at 11:01 AM
❝ Following the earthquake, a lot of dead bodies were never found. They were either still trapped under the rubble or dumped in mass graves. Family members didn't get a chance to give them a proper burial.
Jan 12, 2015 at 10:05 AM
❝ She got him wanting to jeopardizing his future, changing his present and and past. ❞
Dec 12, 2014 at 4:04 PM
❝ In his Balalatèt diss, "Kalalatèt," Bob Cailloux raps:
"Ou wè moun ki talentueux se moun ki gen talan Dieu."
Balalatèt begs to differ. ❞
Dec 9, 2014 at 8:15 PM
❝ In Kalalatèt, Bob Cailloux says his album hasn't come out due to lack of sponsors:
"Albòm mwen an Revolisyon sòti l'ap soti m'ap manje 'on pakèt
Jiskaprezan li coming soon poutèt sponsò, nou konnen y'akrèk" ❞
Dec 9, 2014 at 8:04 PM
❝ Bob Cailloux dropped "Kalalatèt" in response to Balatèt's diss "Pa Gen Pou Mwen." The track came out a few days later than promised. ❞
Dec 9, 2014 at 8:02 PM
❝ Tango is an intricate partner dance popular in Uruguay and Argentina.
Lead and follow if very important in tango. And it's obvious this girl is doing all the leading. Mika is so smitten, he has no choice but to do what pleases her. ❞
Dec 6, 2014 at 7:32 PM
❝ Haiti's history is full with instances where foreign powers dictate our politics and policies.
It is a popular belief that no one comes to power in Haiti without the US government's blessing. ❞
Dec 3, 2014 at 10:49 AM
❝ From the French idiom "prêter main forte à quelqu'un", which means "to lend a helping hand."
Baky is asking us to turn to God for guidance when trying to solve Haiti's problems.
Dec 3, 2014 at 10:46 AM
❝ "Mayday" is the international distress signal for ships and planes. It is usually repeated three times.
The term was coined by radio officer, Frederick Stanley Mockford, in 1923. Since he worked in a London airport and most of the travel was between France and England, he modified the French phrase "venez m'aider (come help me) to Mayday. ❞
Dec 2, 2014 at 7:11 PM
❝ If you were mine and only mine, I would sing of love. ❞
Dec 2, 2014 at 3:05 PM
❝ If joy comes from you, selfishness is my only asset. ❞
Dec 2, 2014 at 3:04 PM
❝ What will I be without you? That's a question we all ask ourselves after a relationship ends.
When you're in a relationship, you often lose yourself in something larger and become one with your partner. You form a new life together and may even adopt a new identity.
However, when the relationship ends, it's hard to go back to being just you. You have to learn to be that version of yourself again. ❞
Dec 2, 2014 at 3:02 PM
❝ bosser = to work
"I didn't come to colonize, I came to work."
Here, Beethova is criticizing the hyprocrisy of developed countries who take tough measures against illegal immigrants. Unlike, them he's just here to work -- not colonize the natives.
Nov 22, 2014 at 7:33 PM
❝ Rien à cirer = nothing to lose, not caring
In this song, Beethova sings the plight of immigrants from third world countries seeking a better life in first world countries.
They risk everything to make it to a new country since they have nothing to lose. ❞
Nov 22, 2014 at 7:26 PM
❝ JT = journal télévisé
Beethova's daughter, Brayna, asks him why there's only bad news on the TV. ❞
Nov 21, 2014 at 9:18 AM
❝ Word play!
Avoue = imperative of "avouer," which means to admit.
À vous = your turn
So this line means two things.
1. This guy is talented, come on, admit it.
2. This guy is talented, now it's your turn, show us what you got.
Nov 20, 2014 at 3:02 PM
❝ "From the way I hear you coming in, I know something happened."
J-Ron can tell she had a long, frustrating day. ❞
Nov 11, 2014 at 12:28 PM
❝ Altered from the poem, "Consolation à M. du Périer," by French writer, François de Malherbe. Malherbe wrote the poem to console a friend who had lost a child.
The original line reads: "Et rose, elle a vécu ce que vivent les roses
l’espace d’un matin."
Nov 6, 2014 at 3:38 PM
❝ Triye: from the French verb "trier," which means to select, to sort out, to pick out, choose, and sift.
In Haiti, they use a laye to sift out pebbles and bad crop from corn, coffee beans, peas, rice, etc.
In life you have to be careful in who you decide to spend your life with. Weed out the bad ones and make a good selection. ❞
Nov 3, 2014 at 9:22 AM
❝ Epis = spices, a combination of ingredients and flavors used to cook food.
Apache Nation = Kreyol La's fans
The keyboard solos were a big part of Kreyòl La's identity. Many felt that with Ti Ansyto's departure, the band would lose its signature sound.
Ti Jo is pointing out that even without a couple ingredients -- Ti Ansyto (and Vlad) --the band still has its sound. The spice is still there. ❞
Nov 2, 2014 at 7:10 PM
❝ Latin for "unconquered, "Invictus" was a poem about perserverance by William Ernest Henley.
It includes this stanza "I am the master of my fate / I am the captain of my soul."
Ti Djo is reminding everyone in spite of recent problems in the band (Ansyto's stroke & Ti Ansyto (maestro/keys) and Vladimir (drummer) quitting, Kreyol La is still standing strong. ❞
Nov 2, 2014 at 7:04 PM
❝ G-Dolph, Zokimo, Suspens radòday ❞
Oct 13, 2014 at 3:37 PM
❝ Ti Rivyè Latibonit ❞
Oct 13, 2014 at 3:36 PM
❝ Suspens borrows the popular hook from the Bossa Combo classic "Permanente."
In that song, Bossa Combo discussed the use of hair perms and how all women felt the need to straighten their natural curly hair to be considered beautiful.
Sep 13, 2014 at 12:08 PM