Belo began his career during one of the bleakest times in Haitian history: the years of the left in power from 1994-2011. They promised a new dominant sensibility for national life, founded on the discourse they preached as opposition during the Duvalier dictatorships, especially in the songs and poems that they composed.
The writer of the song “Pouki” Lyonel Trouillot and its singer Manno Charlemagne, Radio Haiti Inter’s Jean Dominique were three of the era’s great names in leftist song. The Haitian left has long since crumbled politically. Culturally it still stands (because of the petit bourgeois origins of its leaders) and is that sensibility’s continuation, with songs about life in Port Au Prince.
“Pa ri nan male’m” comes off BélO’s latest album “Dizan”, which you can stream on Spotify and Deezer.
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