An n’ Pale | Café Conversation with Haitian songstress Emeline Michel
Join HCX for a conversation with Emeline Michel as she discusses her musical career, inspirations, and experiences as one of Haiti’s most famous international musicians.
Over the past two decades Emeline Michel has become beloved by Haitians and non-Haitians alike for her combination of traditional rhythms with social, political and inspirational content. She is a member of a unique generation of Haitian musicians that emerged in the late 1980′s and also includes guitarist/vocalist Beethova Obas and the bands Boukman Eksperyans and Boukan Guinen. This wave of artists emphasized complex themes, conscious lyrics, and a broad palette of musical styles, including the native Haitian compas, twoubadou and rara.
Born in Gonaives, Haiti, her first experience in music was singing gospel songs in a local church. After completing her education, Emeline accepted an opportunity to study at the Detroit Jazz Center and returned to Haiti as a professional musician. Emeline’s debut album, Douvanjou ke leve, featuring the hit song “Plezi Mize” (Pleasure in Misery) was written by Beethova Obas.
Emeline Michel is considered the reigning Queen of Haitian Song. A captivating performer, versatile vocalist and one of the premier Haitian songwriters of her generation, Emeline has recorded and appeared on concert stages throughout the Caribbean, Europe, and North & South America. Singing in both French and Haitian Creole, her ten albums have catapulted her to international acclaim. Her most recent album, Quintessence, was released earlier this year.
The evening’s conversation will be followed by a special presentation with Emeline Michel accompanied by Makarios Cesaire.
Makarios Césaire pioneered with Daniel “Dadi” Beaubrun and Vladimir “Jimmy” Jean-Felix the unique fusion of rock guitar and vodou drums known as Haitian Rasin (Roots) music, popularized later by bands like Boukan Ginen and the 1992 Grammy Award nominee Boukman Eksperyans. In the late 80s and early 90s, he contributed to the Nouvelle Generation movement, a rejuvenation of Haitian Konpa Music, with bands like Kalewès, Zin and Lakòl. Later on, in 2003, he teamed-up with longtime friends Pierre-Henri Jospitre and Michael Celestin for a revival of the band DOZZ and the release of DOMINE, the critically acclaimed album he produced and has become a benchmark for musical production in Haiti.
A seasoned performer Makarios remains one of the most sought after guitarists of his time, lending his services to iconic Haitian artists and bands like The Mighty Jean Elie Telfort and and the greatest cast of Haitian musical talent ever assembled: the New York All Stars. Césaire is the bandleader for Emeline Michel. He has performed internationally, touring the Americas, Europe, Africa and Asia.
DATE / TIME: Friday, December 6th, 2013/ 6-9pm.
Discussion will begin at 7pm. Light refreshments will be served.
LOCATION: FiveMyles Gallery, 558 St Johns Place Brooklyn, NY 11238 Google Map
Take the 2, 3, 4, or 5 to Franklin Ave.
ADMISSION: Free. $10 suggested donation. Seating is limited, please visit tiny.cc/HCXrsvp to RSVP.
An n’ Pale | Café Conversations are sponsored, in part, by EmblemHealth, the New York Council for the Humanities and public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.