VIDEO: BelO – “Pap Negosye”

B élO keeps the socially conscious spirit of reggae alive, mixing it with the vibrant sounds of his native Pétion-Ville, Haiti’s music central. p5rn7vb

Photo credit: Junenoire Mitchel

Also appearing at globalFEST 2012 is Haitian singer BelO:

“I was chosen to be an activist artist,” exclaims BélO, Haiti’s outspoken groove innovator. “It would be easier to earn more money or be more popular doing love songs. But I was born an activist musician. I live it, I feel it, and I have a vision.”

The globally informed and upbeat singer, songwriter, and guitarist’s vision interweaves the Afro-Caribbean depths of Haitian tradition with a progressive voice for social and political transformation. BélO keeps the socially conscious spirit of reggae alive, mixing it with the vibrant sounds of his native Pétion-Ville, Haiti’s music central. With strong connections to his native island and to the Parisian Afro-global music scene, BélO finds powerful sonic ties that span the Atlantic and powerful ways to move audiences, to action and to sing along.

Here’s the video for “Pap Negosye”:

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