Tuesday, April 25, 2017
Forum for Scholars and Publics (Old Chem 011)
12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Light lunch served at 11:45 a.m.
Lunchtime conversation with members of the Haitian band Lakou Mizik to discuss music, culture and politics.
Band Members Steeve Valcourt, Sanba Zao, and Jonas Attis will present alongside creative director Zach Niles. Moderated by Dasha Chapman (Duke, African and African American Studies).
Formed in the wake of the January 12, 2010 earthquake in Haiti, Lakou Mizik is a diverse coalition of musicians representing a cross section of generations, faiths and musical styles. Their music reflects the African, French, Caribbean and U.S. influences that collide in Haiti. In Haitian Kreyol the word lakou carries multiple meanings. It can mean the backyard, a gathering place where people come to sing and dance, to debate or share a meal. It also means “home” or “where you are from,” which in Haiti is a sacred place filled by the ancestral spirits of all the others that were born there. Lakou Mizik’s music invites listeners to join them in their lakou, to share with them the historical depth, expressive complexity and emotional range of the Haitian people. Emerging from one of the darkest periods in the nation’s history, Lakou Mizik presents sentiments of joy, hope, solidarity and pride that they hope will serve as a beacon for a positive future in Haiti.
Stay for a participatory song workshop with Sanba Zao and Steeve Valcourt! 1:15 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. at the Forum for Scholars and Publics.
Later that evening, Duke Coffeehouse will host a Lakou Mizik performance at 8:00 p.m. Optional RSVP here.
Sponsored by Duke's African and African American Studies, SLIPPAGE:Performance|Culture|Technology, the Haiti Lab/Franklin Humanities Institute, the Forum for Scholars and Publics, the Center of Latin American and Caribbean Studies, the Duke Department of Music, the Duke Dance Program, and the Duke Center for International and Global Studies.
Jonas Attis was born in Jeremie on the southwest coast of Haiti. Known as “The City of Poets,” Jeremie has a history of spawning politically engaged artists. Raised in a musical household with faiths split between Vodou and Protestantism, Jonas was surrounded by many ...
Dasha A. Chapman
Dasha A. Chapman is the Postdoctoral Associate in the Department of African and African American Studies at Duke University, working alongside Duke’s Haiti Lab, the Program in Gender, Sexuality and Feminist Studies, and Dance. Dasha’s research engages African diaspora theory, performance studies, ...