Emeline Michel Haitian Songstress


May 21, 2019

Only a few performers earn acclaim for developing a unique sound. Emeline Michel can count herself among those few.

Known for her fusion of traditional Haitian rhythms (kompa, rasyn, and twoubadou) with other musical genres (pop, jazz, and blues), Michel said she created a sound, which appealed to both traditional and contemporary listeners worldwide.

She said her rendition of Jamaican reggae artiste, Jimmy Cliff’s “Many Rivers to Cross,” and other similar performances, which led the New York Times’ Ben Sisario to declare Michel a “diplomat of music” and a “dancing ambassador with a voice as serene and warm like the breeze.” Continue reading

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