Artist Of The Day: Lakou Mizik

posted by Shane German on 10/30/2019

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 collective culture and communicate a message of pride, strength, and hope to their countrymen and to the world.

Today with their positive messages and roots revival music, they have become one of Haiti’s hottest exports and have gained an international following with their critically acclaimed debut album “Wa Di Yo” and their mystical, soulful, dance party inducing live shows.

The seed for Lakou Mizik’s second album, HaitiaNola, was planted in 2017 when the band was invited to play the legendary New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival.

It was an eye-opening pilgrimage to the mythical music city and the band members immediately felt a connection. The music, the food, the architecture all reminded them of home.

HaitiaNola features many New Orleans based musicians such as Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Jon Cleary, Cyril Neville, Tank & The Bangas, Leyla McCalla, The Soul Rebels, Trombone Shorty, Anders Osborne and many others.

The album was recently added to the WYCE Music Library.

 

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