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Konbit Mizik: Romel Jean Pierre, Prince BR, and Danny



Radyo Shak producers Jake Nussbaum and Richard Fleming host an interview with Romel Jean Pierre at the 2015 Ghetto Biennale, to discuss the organization Konbit Mizik, a nonprofit providing opportunities to Haitian musicians post-earthquake. The interview is followed by music sessions with two musicians on the Konbit Mizik roster, rapper Prince BR and guitar player and singer, Danny

Konbit - n. (Creole) The act of the community coming together to achieve a common purpose or goal.
Mizik - n. (Creole) Music.

Based in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Konbit Mizik, was originally conceived as a project in the wake of the 2010 earthquake to provide financial relief and joy to Haiti’s talented musical youth. Producer and keyboardist Ian Evans teamed up with filmmaker Nick Cannell and they began to seek, record, and film artists in some of the most neglected parts of Port-au-Prince. Today, Konbit Mizik uses music to engage youth in grassroots organizing, community service, education and development, providing free production, video, and career management services to local, underground musical artists in Haiti. While celebrating Haiti’s beauty and riches with the world, the organization simultaneously rejects the perpetuation of Haiti’s dependency on international agencies.
 

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Radyo Shak was the independent broadcast voice of the Ghetto Biennale lakou 2015. Based in a shack in the Grand Rue Atis-Resistans compound of Port-au-Prince, Clocktower Radio's Radyo Shak broadcast Haiti's biennale happenings, from December 10-21, 2015. Radyo Shak Program Director Richard Fleming and Radyo Shak Project Director Jake Nussbaum hosted freeform radio in the bidonville, including Rara bands, interviews with locals, artists and writers, project updates, and Haitian revolutionary history over FM radio, Internet radio, and analog broadcast amplified through speakers and PA. The Kreyòl language programming from the Radyo Shak is available here: Geto Byenal: Radyo Shak (Kreyòl) In addition to the recordings archived here that were collected onsite during the biennale, Clocktower's Ghetto Biennale: Radyo Shak series includes additional material gathered from Haitian musicians, DJ sets, record labels, expats, artists, and more, to give our listeners a complete audio landscape of Haiti in the world today.
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