Richard Laurent, Earthman
Embark on The Earthman Experience --a remarkable journey of out-of-this-world sounds with Richard Laurent and host Richard Fleming. The veteran of new music genres, Haitian born Laurent pioneered the emergence of House Music in the late 80’s as leader of Moonfou, selling 250,000 of his original ATA Records hit, Shut Up. Building on this debut, he formed Kraze in the mid 90’s with his two sisters and Madonna ex-boyfriend, Norris Borroughs.
Today, Laurent's passion is a practice called Bio Sonics, that is healing through vocal tones, frequencies, and sonic vibrations. While in Tunisia, he sought out a group of healers performing this work and stayed for many months to study with them. His swift and remarkable proficiency in this method of healing, led the healers to dub him “Earthman.”
In 2007, Laurent joined forces with fellow Haitian DJ, Hard Hittin Harry, and their official launch took place at a Benefit Concert for Haiti sponsored by Artist Relief Fund for Haiti and held at New York’s Club SOB’s. Their powerhouse funk ensemble makes Fela Kuti-inspired Afrobeat, and tribal music-infused house jams. Dj Hard Hittin Harry uses a live turntable to create a West African djembe drumming backbeat which contributes to the sensual and mystic tone of the group’s music.
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.more