His rhythmic Haitian accent deepens the melody of the Spanish lyrics. Adapt—he says the word as if it is inherently natural to him. Baptiste has had to adapt daily to be accepted in his new homeland. Beat by beat, over nine years of performances, he built a name for himself, and in , Baptiste was finally able to release his first album, Rafa. Musicians have always been a nomadic sort, and Baptiste is no different. Baptiste was among the first in what would become a surge of Haitian migrants in Chile. Haitians were the first black, non-Spanish-speaking migrant group to arrive in Chile. They stood out. When pressed to explain, Baptiste breaks into a broad smile and laughs. Beyond discrimination, being a migrant compounds the economic challenges that already exist for aspiring artists, said Dr.
Skip to content. The venue was packed, the cocktail bar did a roaring trade and the smells of fried pork griot and spiced pickled cabbage, or pikliz, and fried plantains were in the air. From the stage, the New York-based music producer and DJ encouraged people to shout out the Creole word " bayo. In a call-and-response, the audience sang along while the mix of hip-hop and Caribbean rhythms pushed the PA system to the brink. It is here in Miami that he decided to take the Bayo Block Party on the road and bring the festive spirit of Port-au-Prince to both Haitians and non-Haitians. About 1, people were treated to live guests and a finale led by an ensemble of drummers and horns. The Bayo Block Party goes on tour during the month of June. Brun is attempting to cultivate an alternative narrative to combat misconceptions of Haitians by speaking out publicly any chance he gets. But for a young kid hearing every day that Haiti is this and Haiti is that, that you're basically trash, it is going to have an effect.
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I say this to anyone who will listen: Latin music these days is exploding with so much creativity and inspiration that it is simply overwhelming. Once you get past the billions of views on YouTube of the reggaeton - inspired pop music, you'll find myriad artists who consider their cultural backgrounds a blank canvas on which they express their sense of self and identity. I did say "overwhelming," so per usual, I called in some help to pick and choose music that best exemplifies Alt. And as always, there's this caveat: There was plenty of great music we did not get a chance to talk about during our hour-long discussion. If you think we missed something essential, let us know via Facebook or Twitter ; we may feature your recommendation on a future show. It sizzles. It enraptures.
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