June 4, 2016, 11:30 PM-12:30 AM*
Festival Rink Stage / Alex and Ani City Center
When their country was devastated by a powerful earthquake in 2010, a group of Haitian musicians rose up from the rubble and called out to the world, “Wa di yo, nou la toujou!” (“You tell them, we’re still here!”)
Lakou Mizik is a collective of experienced elders and rising stars, including legendary master drummer Sanba Zao, who are united in their mission to showcase the pride, strength, and hope of their country through its music. They arrive in Providence hot off the release of their debut album, Wa Di Yo, in April. Their sound incorporates Vodou drums, Rara horns fashioned from sheet metal, the accordion lilt of French cafes, and the vitality of Haiti’s youth. It’s a rich musical stew of Vodou chants, Carnevale rhythms, gospel ballads, and folk songs that is hard to describe, but easy to love.
Founding Creative Partner: FirstWorks