Date: May 14 and 15, 2005
Location: Getty Center, Harold M. Williams Auditorium
Admission: Free; reservations required.
Don't miss the Southern California debut of Haitian vocalist Emeline Michel, called the queen of Haitian song.
Singing in French and Haitian Creole, Michel combines social, political, and inspirational content with traditional Haitian rhythms such as compas, twoubadou and rara.
Born in Gonaives, Haiti, Michel sang gospel music at her local church and later went to the U.S. to study at the Detroit Jazz Center. Her album Cordes et Ame (Strings and Soul), a song-cycle centered on the theme of perseverance, was awarded Best Haitian Album of 2000.
On her latest CD, Rasin Kreyol, she pairs Haitian drums with original lyrics enriched with Haitian proverbs and positive messages. "Everybody knows that Haiti is in trouble," she says. "This album is my way to be there. It's my chance to show a side of Haitian culture that is positive."
About Sounds of L.A.
Sounds of L.A. is an annual concert series that explores our city's varied musical geography, celebrating the work of masters as well as up-and-coming musicians from around the globe.