Are you in the New York area and at all interested in great music? Good, then here’s what you need to do: email firstname.lastname@example.org with “Emeline Michel Giveaway” in the subject line. Boom: Now you’re entered to win a pair of tickets to see Emeline Michel, the Queen of Haitian Song, at the Americas Society on Feb. 13.
If you haven’t heard her or heard of her, know that every Michel show is a party. Her genre-eluding music flirts with rara, Haitian Carnival music, as well as rumba that’s traveled from Yoruba tradition in West Africa, to Cuba, back to West Africa by way of Congo, and back to the Caribbean. When she played in Brooklyn roughly a year ago, her fans were all too happy to match Michel’s dancing step for step, and sing along, word for word.
For a deeper look at la belle Emeline, A.K.A. the Goddess of Mizik Kweyol, and to learn about more Haitian women artists, see this feature from “Best of The Beat on Afropop.”