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Amazon.com's Editorial Emelin Michel:
" Here on Rasin Kreyol (which translates as "Creole Roots"), reigning queen of Haitian song Emeline Michel covers a lot of ground, writing songs that draw upon Haitan compas, twoubadou and rara as well as jazz, rock, pop, bossa nova and samba. Whichever direction the singer goes, her voice is clear and forceful as she dramatically imparts her political lyrics in Haitian Creole and French, offering up messages about AIDS, social justice and peace. She does this skill and class: Michel repeats the line "Tell me, where is peace?" to chilling effect on "Mon Rêve," where she's joined by background singers, flute and voodoo hand drums. At the other end of the spectrum, "Ban'm La Jwa" is uplifting with its driving calypso-jazz grooves. While the singer has released a handful of albums as imports over a 15-year career, Rasin Kreyol, her Times Square records debut, is a standout that should help U.S. audiences catch up with the French speaking world that already adores her. "
-- Tad Hendrickson
Viejo
by Emeline Michel

nan mitan yon chan kann boygwe
an dominikani
de ayisyen chita lonm batay
pye atè do touni
pandan youn tap pale
youn tape koute
mwen diw yo pat fe bwi
van nan kann nan selman ki tande
sa yo tape di
youn di kouzen mw pral fete ayiti
men yon komisyon wa bay madanm mw pou mw
li di kouzen
son dios pesos
li di kouzen
le wa janbe lakay souw jwenn madanm mwe plase wa bay manman mw li pou mw

kouzen ale, kouzen tounen
ak on nouvel ki bay ke plen
manman mouri mouri sa gen kek ane
gan moun ki di ke se chagren
madanm nan la lila lila lape kenbe
e timoun yo mal okipe
premye a grandi li grandi tankou chwal
ti denye a pa menm sonje papal
hummmmmm

nan mitan yon chan kann boygwe an dominikani
gan de ayisyenk chita lonm batay
pye atè
yo do touni
pandan youn tap pale
youn tape koute
mwenm diw yo yo pat fe bri
van nan kann nan kouri efase
efase sa yo tape di
youn di kouzen
mwen sot fete ayiti
men yon komisyon
madanm ou voye pou ou
li diw kouzen
kozen li lò pouw tounen
li diw kouzen
le wa janbe lakay menm siw pa pot anyen pa kite manchèt ou deyè
kouzen
kouzen
kouzen
kouzen wa pot manchet pouw koupe bayawonn woy
kouzen wa pot manchèt pouw koupe kandelab woy
kozen wa pot manchèt pouw koupe move zèb woy
kouzen wa pot manchèt pouw koupe move zèb woy




hummmm
kouzen
kouzen
kouzen
wa pote manchèt
wa pote manchèt
wa pote manchèt
hummm
koupe bayawonn
koupe kandelab
hummmm
kouzen
kouzen
kouzen

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