Haitian Band Lakou Mizik in Residency at Duke

Tuesday, April 25, 2017 - 12:00pm

Lunchtime conversation with members of the Haitian band Lakou Mizik to discuss music, culture and politics. Band Members Steeve Valcourt, Sanba Zao, and Jonas Attis will present alongside creative director Zach Niles. Moderated by Dasha Chapman (Duke, African and African American Studies). Formed in the wake of the January 12, 2010 earthquake in Haiti, Lakou Mizik is a diverse coalition of musicians representing a cross section of generations, faiths and musical styles. Their music reflects the African, French, Caribbean and U.S. influences that collide in Haiti. In Haitian Kreyol the word lakou carries multiple meanings. It can mean the backyard, a gathering place where people come to sing and dance, to debate or share a meal. It also means "home" or "where you are from," which in Haiti is a sacred place filled by the ancestral spirits of all the others that were born there. Lakou Mizik's music invites listeners to join them in their lakou, to share with them the historical depth, expressive complexity and emotional range of the Haitian people. Emerging from one of the darkest periods in the nation's history, Lakou Mizik presents sentiments of joy, hope, solidarity and pride that they hope will serve as a beacon for a positive future in Haiti.Stay for a participatory song workshop with Sanba Zao and Steeve Valcourt! 1:15 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. at the Forum for Scholars and Publics.

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