Lakou Mizik

Sunday, July 14 at 8:00PM


"...a joyous, glad-to-be-alive affair, packed with voices, chants and call-and-response songs, their origins in church choir and street carnival" -The Guardian
"This is dance-party music with propulsive rhythm section, muscular call-and-response vocals, driving accordion, guitar, and even the rara carnival one-note horns." -The Irish Times
"Few groups outside continental Africa convey the joie de vivre that this Haitian band does." -World Music Report
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 the world.
Music is at the core of Haiti’s sense of identity, and musicians have always played an important role in society, both in documenting the country’s history and helping to shape its path forward. Lakou Mizik's music reflects the African, French, Caribbean and U.S. influences that collide in Haiti. The spirit-stirring vodou rhythms and call-and-response vocals are supported by the French café lilt of the accordion. Intricate bass lines and interlocking guitar riffs mesh mesmerizingly with the joyful polyrhythmic hocketing of rara horns. These powerful layers are topped by sing-along melodies with inspiring, socially conscious lyrics. The end result is a soulful stew of deeply danceable grooves that feels strangely familiar yet intensely new -- and 100% Haitian.

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Fo Istwa - Kanaval 2018 - Lakou Mizik (Official Video)

Lakou Mizik - Se Ayiti Wi [Kanaval 2016]