February 5 2010
When some people think of Haiti, they are likely to have a single story of the country and its people. People see Haiti as one of the poorest country in the western hemisphere. To the contrary, the country has rich histroy, and amazing creative spirit especially when it comes to music. Haiti also has a deep history with hip hop which is called Rap Kreyòl. Kreyòl is the national language of the Republic of Haiti.
Kreyòl comes from a Portuguese word meaning "raised at home". It was first used to refer to Europeans born and raised in the overseas colonies. Than, it was later used for languages that arose from the plantations that the Europeans established, using slaves imported from West Africa. Kreyòl was a new language resulting from African slaves' efforts to speak the French that they heard when they arrived in Haiti. Slaves came to Haiti, from all over West Africa and spoke many different languages. (-Wikipedia)
Master Dji was considered to be the founder of Rap Kreyòl. He was the Dj of the group "Haiti Rap' N Ragga" You can read more about him here. I just discovered this amazing mix of Rap Kreyòl that carries on the tradition of Dji via Mad Decent. The mix was compile by DJ Still Life.
From DJ Still Life's blog:
...I put together after having my mind blown by a couple of tracks that Lamin played for me on Worldwide Smash. I spent the next couple weeks checking hard for whatever I could find, often low bitrate versions that fans had posted to share sites or social networking spots. The mix is made up of some of my favorite tracks that I encountered, but is by no means a comprehensive overview of the genre. There is a LOT of talent making music there, and unfortunately the recent earthquake there is sure to add another obstacle between these artists and the production and spread of their music.
I haven't been able to find out much about the effects of the earthquake on the individual musicians, though according to wikipedia Young Cliff, a member of Barikad Crew, lost his life in the events surrounding the quake. If you enjoy this music, please consider (if you haven't already) donating to one of the many charities providing relief efforts in Haiti. East Village Radio recommends Oxfam, but there are many other reputable organizations doing good work...
The music on this mix borrows a lot from the hip hop of the south, which its history has a definite connection to Haiti's history especially during the slave trade.
Check out and download the mix and enjoy, and while you are listening donate to the various charities that are helping Haiti after the tragic earthquake.
DJ Still Life - Rebel Rap (A Mix of Haitian Rap Kreyòl)
1 – Guerilla Sun- Veye Kow
2 – Chale Republic- Ti Ke
3 – Party Clan- Men Ti Tet
4 – Patriyot Clan feat. Ded Kra-Z- Mariwoz
5 – Devil Click- Pwentiw
6 – G. Bobby feat. Bon Flo- Gang Sa
7 – Envazyon feat. Aton & Ded Kra-Z- Tout Mon Sou Bras
8 – Anbasad Camp- Neg Sa Yo Will
9 – Mystik 703- Kot Sa M Paka Di La
10 – Black Roro- Aba Kidnapin
11 – Barikad Crew- Toup Pou Yo
12 – Hatian Link- Ou Pap Rap
13 – Brimad- Chen Mechan
14 – Flip MCs feat. RockFam- Intro
15 – Mali feat. Shaolin, Lieutenant, Hayro- Metrizé tchad aw
16 – Mighty Squad Vs. Magic Klik 08
17 – Cash BM- Fe Bri