Robert Browning Associates presents
Saturday, April 22, 2017 at 8:00pm
Haitian Roots & Grooves
Roulette, 509 Atlantic Avenue (at 3rd Ave), Downtown Brooklyn
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 spectrum. Formed in the aftermath of the devastating 2010 earthquake, they communicate a message of pride, strength and hope.
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 Songlines magazine’s Best Albums of 2016.
“The music kicked in and they damn near levitated the place. Lakou’s unique blend of Haitian roots traditions…was irresistible.” -- Songlines
“a joyous antidote to Haiti’s hard times” -- The Guardian
“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
Tickets: $25; seniors, students $21
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.