Magazine article New Internationalist

Wa Di Yo

Magazine article New Internationalist

Wa Di Yo

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Wa Di Yo by Lakou Mizik

(Cumbancha Discovery CMB-CD-31 CD)

A short introduction of ambient noise - insects stirring, a cock crowing, you can almost hear the hazy sunlight shining on the Haitian port of Jacmel. It's no coincidence that an invocation of this town, nearly flattened by the 2010 earthquake, is how Lakou Mizik choose to open Wa Di Yo. The crowdfunded album - the title of which translates as 'You tell them!'- is fuelled by the desire to show that there is still much to celebrate in the country. 'Poze!' ('Calm down!') sings Steeve Valcourt on one song - albeit to a hipswinging rhythm guaranteed to get audiences kicking over their chairs to dance.

Based in Port-au-Prince, the ninestrong roots band was formed in the wake of the earthquake. Lakou Mizik (the Kreyòl word 'lakou' denotes a gathering as well as home) is a multi-generational band that is solidly entrenched in Haiti's melange of styles. …

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