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April 22, 2017 @ 8:00 pm


with special guest Paul Beaubrun

Concert/dance party with acclaimed band that brings
new life to Haitian roots music

Saturday, April 22, 2017 at 8:00pm
+ 7:00pm talk with ethnomusicologist Lois Wilcken
& Lakou Mizik’s Steeve Valcourt

Roulette 509 Atlantic Ave at 3rd Ave, Brooklyn, 917-267-0363

Tickets: $25; students, seniors $21

SPECIAL DISCOUNT (by April 20): $10 off pair of tickets with code RBAFiveOff2017

Info & tickets:

„The music kicked in and they damn near levitated the place….irresistible.“ – Songlines

„a genial cross-generational coalition along the lines of the Buena Vista Social Club….hearty call-and-response vocal harmonies…galloping, exultant dance grooves.“ – New York Times

„The sound of Vodou drummers, Rara horns and an accordionist blend into a soulful and party-oriented rasin experience, an Afro-Soca Carnival vibe of the highest order.“ – NPR

Lakou Mizik („Music from the Homeland“) is a powerhouse multigenerational collective from Haiti that blends twoubadou, Vodou, rara carnival music, and urban soul. With such legends as master drummer Sanba Zao, and rising stars Steeve Valcourt and Jonas Attis, the group performs an exhilarating mix of traditional and modern roots music. The members of Lakou Mizik range in age from the early twenties to the late sixties and come from across Haiti’s musical, social, religious, and geographic spectra. Formed in the aftermath of the devastating 2010 earthquake, they communicate a message of pride, strength and hope.

Opening the show and joining the band for a few songs will be the remarkable singer/guitarist Paul Beaubrun, son of two founding members of the legendary Boukman Eksperyans. He has performed in many of America’s top venues alongside such artists as Lauryn Hill, Jackson Browne, Sheryl Crow, and David Byrne, and in 2015 recorded the Vilnerab album, which soared to #1 on iTunes in the World Music category. This concert is dedicated to master drummer Frisner Augustin, who was a major force in preserving and popularizing Haitian music in the US.

Lakou Mizik

Lakou Mizik is composed of Steeve Valcourt, son of Haitian musical legend Boulo Valcourt, who is promoting the rediscovery of traditional Haitian music while showing his deep respect for those he learned from; Jonas Attis, who has earned a reputation as a passionate and soulful singer with infectious energy onstage and as a composer who has developed his own distinctive songwriting style that blends traditional rara and Vodou with reggae and Haitian pop style; Nadine Remy, one of the most powerful roots singers in the country; Sanba Zao, a legend of the racine (roots) music movement in Haiti has been on the musical scene for nearly 30 years – he is not only a master drummer with an encyclopedic knowledge of traditional songs and rhythms, but is also a powerful frontman with the energy of artists half his age; Peterson „Ti Piti“ Joseph and James Carrier, young rara maestros that serve as the engine of Lakou Mizik’s rhythm section; Lamarre Junior, a bassist who grew up playing in church and has no conflict between Vodou and church music; and Belony Beniste, one of the country’s most sought after accordion players and one of the few young accordionists keeping this important part of Haiti’s musical heritage alive.

Lakou Mizik’s electrifying shows blend the soulful spirit of a church revival, the social engagement of a political rally and the trance-inducing intoxication of a Vodou ritual. After steadily building a passionate fan base, Lakou Mizik recorded its acclaimed debut album on the Cumbancha label, calling out „Wa di yo, nou la toujou“ – „You tell them, we’re still here.“ The album, Wa Di Yo, was named one of the Best Albums of 2016 in Songlines magazine and was just nominated for a Songlines Music Award for Album of the Year in the Americas category.

Lakou Mizik’s music reflects the African, French, Caribbean and U.S. influences that collide in Haiti. The result is a soulful stew of deeply danceable grooves that feels strangely familiar yet intensely new — and totally Haitian. The spirit-stirring rhythms of Vodou drumming, the French café lilt of the accordion, and the joyful percussive punctuation of the rara horns are topped with inspiring, socially conscious lyrics.

Music is at the vital core of Haiti’s sense of self and musicians have always played an important societal role, both in documenting the country’s history and helping to shape its path forward. Today a young generation of artists is keeping this tradition alive, narrating the world they live in through music that is made in their neighborhoods, villages and post-earthquake camps. 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 Haitian Kreyol the word „Lakou“ carries multiple meanings. It means the backyard, a gathering place where people come to sing and dance, to debate or share a meal. It also means „home“ or „where you are from.“ In the wake of the earthquake of 2010 with all its catastrophic news and images, Lakou Mizik, or „Music from the Homeland,“ has defied the negative and become the musical expression of Haitian pride and hope.

Made possible in part with public funding provided by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State legislature.

The Center for Traditional Music and Dance is proud to share information about this upcoming concert, presented by our partners, Robert Browning Associates.


April 22, 2017
8:00 pm


Roulette 509 Atlantic Ave at 3rd Ave, Brooklyn
509 Atlantic Ave at 3rd Ave
Brooklyn, Vereinigte Staaten
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