Lakou Mizik brings Haitian roots music to UA
Formed after the devastating 2010 earthquake, multi-generational Haitian music group Lakou Mizik will share their roots revival music with northwest Arkansas at 7 p.m. April 13 at the Faulkner Performing Arts Center on the campus of Arkansas. University of Arkansas at Fayetteville. The free show is presented by the UA Center for Multicultural & Diversity Education.
Lakou Mizik is made up of musicians of all ages. According to the group’s biography, “The idea for the group was born in 2010 on a hot November night in Port-au-Prince. Haiti was still reeling from the earthquake, a raging cholera epidemic and a political crisis filled the streets with enough ferocity to shut down the international airport Steve Valcourt, a guitarist and singer whose father is one of the country’s iconic musicians, singer Jonas Attis and American producer Zach Niles met in the studio damp from the basement of Valcourt and agreed that the music and culture of Haiti could serve as an antidote to the flood of negativity.” The result was “a powerful collective of singers, cor rara players, drummers, guitarists and even an accordionist”.
“We are lucky that Lakou Mizik is back in the United States. I don’t think they have been able to come back from Folk Alliance because of the pandemic,” says Bryan Hembree, director of arts and culture at the Center. for Multicultural & Diversity Education. . “They are visiting the University of Arkansas between the Big Ears festival in Knoxville just a few weeks ago and right before they play the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival. This will be their first visit to Fayetteville and the first time they play in Arkansas.”
The group has released two albums and toured internationally, garnering praise from The New York Times which said that the songs from Lakou Mizik’s debut album, Wa Di Yo, “are inspired by the rhythms and incantations of voodoo, the trumpet of rara carnival music and warm carnival music, call-and-response vocal harmonies en route to galloping, exultant dance grooves.” Their debut album was listed as one of the best world music releases of the past five years by Songlines magazine.
For more information about Lakou Mizik, visit lakoumizik.com. To reserve a spot for Lakou Mizik’s Fayetteville show, visit https://bit.ly/37k10LA.
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