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Haitian with Emeline

Meet Emeline!

Meet the Artist

Haitian songstress Emeline Michel is internationally acclaimed for fusing pop, jazz, blues, and traditional Haitian rhythms into deeply moving, joyful music delivered through charismatic live shows. A master entertainer, Emeline has shared her message with audiences for more than 20 years, including appearances at the United Nations, Montreal’s International Jazz Festival, and MTV’s Hope for Haiti Now: A Global Benefit for Earthquake Relief. Hailed by the New York Times as a “diplomat of music” and “the dancing ambassador with a voice serene and warm like the breeze,” she is now based in New York City, where she runs her own production company, Production Cheval de Feu, and remains an important voice for social issues concerning women and children worldwide.

Haiti’s music reflects the different groups that have lived on the island, melding French, Spanish, and African influences. Of the many styles of Haitian music, perhaps the most popular and culturally significant is compas, a complex dance music combining African rhythms and European ballroom dancing within a quintessentially Haitian aesthetic. In French, it is called “compas direct”; the music’s pivotal force is its pulsating rhythm.

Lessons

Lesson 1:
Learning “A.K.I.K.O.”

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Lesson 1: Learning “A.K.I.K.O.”
“A.K.I.K.O.” Demo

Haitian artist Emeline teaches “A.K.I.K.O.”

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Lesson 2:
Learning “La Karidad”

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Lesson 2: Learning “La Karidad”
“La Karidad” Demo

Haitian artist Emeline teaches “La Karidad” with Yayoi Ikawa, piano.

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