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”: