“This young Haitian singer-songwriter is one to watch. He’s making an interesting fusion of Haitian roots styles and global sounds.” –Afropop Worldwide
Born in Haiti in 1979, BélO is a young singer-songwriter, composer and guitarist who has been hailed as Haiti’s musical ambassador to the world. A socially conscious singer-songwriter with a sophisticated sound, BélO has been engaged in social causes of the poor, the education of children, respect for women, environmental protection, and peace in Haiti and around the world. And after the devastating earthquake that killed so many and destroyed so much of his country’s infrastructure in 2010, he has intensified his dedication and commitment to rebuilding and creating awareness through culture.
BelO’s songs in Haiti’s rich and colorful native language, Haitian Creole are a sublime mix of jazz, rock, reggae and Afro-Haitian traditional rhythms which he calls “ragganga.” This program celebrates the release of his third cd Haiti Debout (Haiti Stand Up), which is dedicated to his homeland and the strength of the Haitian people and explores Afro-Haitian mizik rasin (ceremonial Vodou rhythms mixed with folk and rock) and other African flavors.