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Haitian Band Lakou Mizik in Residency at Duke

April 25th, 2017
12:00 PM


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.

Steeve Valcourt

Lakou Mizik

Steeve Valcourt is the son of Haitian musical legend Boulo Valcourt a blues, jazz and roots musician who found fame in the eighties with the band Caribbean Sextet and has even played the White House. Steeve grew up partially in Haiti and partially on ...

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Sanba Zao

Lakou Mizik

Sanba Zao (Louis Lesly Marcelin) is a legend of the racine (roots) music movement in Haiti. A founder of the Sanba and back to the earth movements in Haiti, Sanba Zao has been on the musical scene for nearly 30 years. He is not only ...

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Jonas Attis

Lakou Mizik

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 ...

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Zach Niles

Lakou Mizik

Zach Niles is an award-winning filmmaker, band manager and most recently the director of the Audio Institute in Jacmel, Haiti. His documentary film, Sierra Leone’s Refugee All Stars, won awards at 12 international film festivals and under Zach’s management, the ...

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Dasha A. Chapman

Duke University

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, ...

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