LIVE! in NWA: Lakou Mizik brings Haitian roots music to UA – Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

Formed after the devastating earthquake of 2010, multi-generational Haitian music group Lakou Mizik will share their roots revival music with Northwest Arkansas 7 p.m. April 13 at the Faulkner Performing Arts Center on the University of Arkansas campus in 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 band was hatched in 2010 on a hot November night in Port-au-Prince. Haiti was still reeling from the earthquake, a cholera epidemic was raging, and a political crisis filled the streets with enough tire-burning ferocity to close 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 Valcourt’s muggy basement studio and agreed that Haiti’s music and culture could serve as an antidote to the flood of negativity.” The result was a “a powerhouse collective of singers, rara horn players, drummers, guitarists and even an accordionist.”
“We are fortunate that Lakou Mizik is back in the U.S. I don’t believe they have been able to come back since Folk Alliance due to the pandemic,” explains Bryan Hembree, director of arts & culture for the Center for Multicultural & Diversity Education. “They are visiting the University of Arkansas in between playing Big Ears Festival in Knoxville just a few weeks ago and just before they are slated to play the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival. This will be their first visit to Fayetteville and first time playing in Arkansas.”
The group has released two albums and has gone on international tours garnering praise from The New York Times which said songs from Lakou Mizik’s first album, Wa Di Yo, “draw on the rhythms and incantations of voodoo, the trumpeting of rara carnival music and hearty call-and-response vocal harmonies on their way to galloping, exultant dance grooves.” Their first album was listed as one of the best world music releases of the past five years by Songlines magazine.
For more information on Lakou Mizik visit lakoumizik.com. To reserve a spot for Lakou Mizik’s Fayetteville show visit https://bit.ly/37k10LA.
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