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Queen of Haitian Song

Emeline Michel performs at MCLA October 28


10/21/2009

Students and the greater MCLA community are in for a treat Wednesday, October 28, when "the reigning queen of Haitian song," Emeline Michel, returns to the Church Street Center at 7:30 p.m. for the latest MCLA Presents! performance.

According to her husband and manager, Don Eversley, Michel will bring a taste of the music and culture of Haiti to the College.

"She is proud to present a side of her land that is greatly under-exposed," he says. "News and images of Haiti in North America tend to focus on the poverty, political struggle, violence and other negatives, while overlooking the positive aspects of the country."

Eversley says the audience can expect high-energy contemporary Caribbean music that combines traditional Haitian rhythms with social, political, and inspirational content. 

"Her work incorporates a broad palette of world musical styles, influenced by the native Haitian genres, such as compas, twoubadou, and rara. Emeline will be accompanied by her touring band, which includes some of the finest players in Haitian music," Eversley says. "She loves to move the people both physically and emotionally."

A captivating performer, versatile vocalist, and accomplished dancer, songwriter and producer, for the past 15 years Michel has recorded and appeared on concert stages throughout the Caribbean, Europe, Canada and Africa, singing in both French and Haitian Creole.

In France, Michel became a musical icon. She performed at venues such as the Jazz Festival of Nice and Theatre de la Ville, made many appearances on French television, and was featured on the covers of many fashion and culture magazines.

Michel has also performed at many colleges throughout North America.

"Young people have adventurous tastes and open minds, which is an ideal audience for a performer that is presenting an art form that many may be hearing for the first time," Eversley says.

To hear Michel's music, go to www.youtube.com/watch?v=qn7hHwISric , which features a song that encourages people to allow themselves to dream their dreams so that they might come true.

Tickets to the Emeline Michel concert October 28 are $12 for general admission, $8 for MCLA alumni, and $5 for MCLA faculty and staff. MCLA Presents! members and students get in free. For tickets, call (413) 662-5204.

MCLA student Beverly M. Teixeira '13 opens the show.

MCLA Presents! is a project of MCLA's Berkshire Cultural Resource Center.  For more information, call (413) 664-8718, or go to www.mcla.edu/presents.