Lakou Mizik is a multigenerational collective of Haitian musicians formed in the aftermath of the devastating 2010 earthquake. The group includes elder legends and rising young talents, united in a mission to honor the healing spirit of their culture and communicate a message of pride, strength, and hope to their countrymen and the world. Lakou Mizik brings together these musical generations in celebration of the cultural continuum while using Haiti’s deep well of creative strength to shine a positive light on this tragically misrepresented country.
In her second SMF appearance, Haitian-American singer-songwriter and cellist Leyla McCalla performs content from her recent project entitled Breaking the Thermometer to Hide the Fever. The project explores the legacy of Radio Haiti-Inter, Haiti’s first privately owned Creole-speaking radio station, and the assassination of its owner, Jean Dominique, in 2000. The title is derived from a proverb used by Dominique to describe the spirit of Haiti’s marginalized poor in the face of violence and political oppression. SMF audiences will remember her 2017 performance with Haitian mizik rasin ensemble Chouk Bwa, when the evening wrapped up with the two groups encircled by the audience for impromptu collaborations.
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