Streaming wonderkind Audiomack on Jan. 7 invaded Haiti during its 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm Audiomack Hour, partnering with Radio Tele Eclair, DJ Steezy and DJ Stakz, in featuring local artists and music producers.
Marie Driven, the Brooklyn-based, Haitian-American entertainment guru, said Audiomack was in her French-speaking Caribbean homeland “that bred diverse musical talents all over the world, such as Wyclef Jean, Future, 21 Savage, Jennaske, Kodak Black, 21 Savage, Michel Martelly, Martha Jean Claude, and many more music artists.”
Driven, managing partner of the entertainment company, PlaybookMG, said Tanya Lawson, the director of reggae and Afrobeats at Audiomack, has “made it a priority to ensure that Haiti and the rest of the islands have the awareness needed to continue to produce quality talent.”
Driven noted that sub-Creole communities in other countries, particularly in New Orleans and New York City in the United States, have pushed “the presence and success of artists in the Haitian music industry to the mainstream.
“They help give presence to popular Haitian music genres, such as Kompa, Gouyad, Rasin, Mini Jazz and Zouk-Love, to new fans of different cultures,” she said. “Kompa, in particular, is the number one pop style and often the most played genre in the country. It’s often sung in Haitian Creole and played in a slow tempo.”
Driven said Gouyad “involves aggressive sexual dancing that usually partakes in the whining of the hips.
“Zouk-Love consists of more sensual love jams, Mini Jazz enlists of groovy small big bands, and Rasin is classified as voodoo rock,” she said. “To get a better sense of the music, what’s a better application to use than Audiomack right?”
Driven said the platform has been bringing the vibrant Caribbean worldwide recently, adding that “it will continue to do so for years to come.”