The following artists are a slice of Haiti's rich artistic treasure in music. They have generously contributed their songs to the project. If you're interested in learning more about these musicians, explore below.
AWOZAM, an incredibly talented peasant musical group from Northwest Haiti, performs dynamic and politically engaging music. The lyrics are in Kreyol and call for everyone to pull together and work for empowerment of all. Even if you do not understand Kreyol, the music, vocals and drumming will get you moving!
Yon Jou Ki Ra
Boukman Eksperyans is a mizik rasin band from the city of Port-au-Prince, Haiti. The band derives its name from Dutty Boukman, a vodou priest who led a religious ceremony in 1791 that is widely considered the start of the Haitian Revolution. The other half of the band's name, “Eksperyans”, is the Kreyòl word for "experience", and was inspired by the band's appreciation of the music of Jimi Hendrix.
The Planet Sleeps - Various Artists
Perhaps the most popular representatives of Haitian pop music today is the band Brothers Posse. With its musical equation ranging from roots to rock and reggae, Brothers Posse has managed to impress both the musical scene in Haiti and the young people from all social classes there.
Revolisyon - R.R.R. 2004
Dayila has lived the blues, yet chooses to sing a universally positive message. Its power is underscored by the richness and depth of her voice.
Named the “Joni Mitchell of Haiti”, Emeline Michel has emerged as the reigning queen of Haitian song. Her songs merge native Haitian compass and rara with jazz, pop, bossa nova and samba.
The Very Best of Emeline Michel