In recognition of Women’s History Month, and also noting the recent appearance of Haitian singer Emeline Michel in Brooklyn at the globalFEST Creole Carnival, this edition of “Best of The Beat” brings you a feature from 2000 on Ms. Michel, at that time just beginning to make her mark on the international stage. Brian Dring, author of The Beat’s regular column “The Other Caribbean,“ interviewed the rising star, known as the “Goddess of Mizik Kweyol,” on the cusp of the release of her album Cordes et Ame.
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In addition, we have an excellent overview from 1992, entitled “Women Taking Risks,” by musicologist Gage Averill, The Beat’s “Haitian Fascination” columnist at that time. He outlines the music and messages of Farah Juste, Lumane Casimir, Martha Jean-Claude, Toto Bissainthe, Carole “Maroule” Demesmin, Myriam Dorismé, Fédia Laguerre, along with the significant emergence of Riské, an all-female band, and discusses the role of women in Haitian culture and tradition as bearers of the folkloric-political heritage.
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Also included is a sidebar review of the album Caribbean Revels: Haitian Rara and Dominican Gaga (Smithsonian/Folkways)