AOTY 2019

Radyo Siwèl

Mélissa Laveaux - Radyo Siwèl
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Based on 5 reviews
2018 Ratings: #63 / 736
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Based on 19 ratings
February 2, 2018 / Release Date
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It’s one of those records that is somewhat sui generis, and yet with an appeal that is universal and accessible at the same time. Simply wonderful – or bèl bagay as they say in Creole.
Drowned in Sound
Overall Laveaux has struck a fine balance between honouring her Haitian heritage, and the country’s history, with warmth, grit, and delight. There is something mystical and earthy about the record, but it also feels entirely contemporary.

At 12 tracks, Radyo Siwèl doesn't overstay its welcome and is speckled with enough gems to leave a lasting impression. It's a bit cliche to say Mélissa Laveaux is "one to watch" yet, here we are.

The Line of Best Fit

It’s steeped in Haitian history, it’s an exploration, an education, and a hugely personal accomplishment. Radyo Siwèl is an album for those who are lost in their identity, with Laveaux showing how it is always possible to find your roots again.

This will be one of the best world music album of 2018.
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Track List

  1. Lè ma monte chwal mwen
  2. Nan fon bwa
  3. Angeli-ko
  4. Kouzen
  5. Simalo
  6. Jolibwa
  7. Tolalito
  8. Twa fey
  9. Legba na konsole
  10. Lasirèn la balèn
  11. Nibo
  12. Panama mwen tombe
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Added on: February 2, 2018