PEAK Series OCT 8, 2022 |MARSHALL E. RINKER, SR. PLAYHOUSE Hailed as Haiti’s musical ambassador to the world, BélO is a socially conscious singer-songwriter with a sophisticated sound. He’s the winner of numerous awards, including the prestigious “Prix Radio France International Discoveries of 2006”. Experience his sublime mixture of Jazz, Worldbeat, Rock, Reggae and Afro-Haitian traditional rhythms known as “ragganga.” This PEAK performance is made possible by a grant from the MLDauray Arts Initiative in honor of Leonard and Sophie Davis Guests attending PEAK Series performances in the Rinker Playhouse and Persson Hall will receive one complimentary beverage with every ticket purchased (underage guests will be offered a non-alcoholic selection.)
Haitian-Internaitonal artist BélO join forces with DJ/producer Emmanuel Fils Jacques A.K.A ManitoNation on a new track “Majori”.
“A mutual friend sent me a beat from ManitoNation, and I was feeling it. From there the project took off”, says BélO. “The beat is slightly different from my style of music composition, yet I have never shied away from experimenting with current ideas. I added my touch to the track and, obviously, the lyrics”. Majori’s beat is an influence of Pop mix with Afro beats, Haitian Roots and BélO’s authentic sound, “Ragganga”.
The musicians who played on this track are an entirely young crew - Marc Kenny Luberisse (Guitar), Hernso Chery (Tambour), Peterson Altimo (Bass), Gaetan Désiré A. Collaud (mix and mastering) - who contribute to the song’s contagious rhythm.
The new single, “Majori,” is a shout-out to all the guys who struggle and get mocked while trying to court an unreachable queen. The lyrics are in Haitian Kreyol, yet there is a faint hint of Spanish lingo driving the chorus. A dance music video will follow suit. With visual background that evokes memories of Haiti from the 80’s, the video is an age-old concept of boy-meets-girl-boy-cannot-get-girl.
The single “Majori” will be published on Tuesday August 9, 2022, on all streaming platforms. Pre-order/Pre-save HERE.
BélO et ManitoNation sortent une nouvelle chanson, 'Majori'
Le chanteur/compositeur haïtien-international BélO s'associe au DJ/producteur Emmanuel Fils Jacques A.K.A ManitoNation sur un nouveau morceau "Majori".
« Un ami commun m'a envoyé un beat de ManitoNation, et je l’ai apprecié de suite. À partir de là, le projet a décollé », raconte BélO. "Le rythme est légèrement différent de mon style de composition musicale, mais je n'ai jamais hésité à expérimenter de nouvelles idées. J'ai ajouté ma touche au morceau et, évidemment, les paroles aussi". Le rythme de Majori traduit une influence, un mélange pop avec les rythmes afro, les racines haïtiennes et le son authentique de BélO, "Ragganga".
Les musiciens qui ont joué sur ce morceau sont une toute jeune équipe mais tout aussi douée - Marc Kenny Luberisse (Guitare), Hernso Chery (Tambour), Peterson Altimo (Basse) et Gaetan Désiré A. Collaud (mix et mastering) ont contribué au rythme contagieux de la chanson.
Le nouveau single, "Majori", est un hommage à tous les gars qui courtisent une reine inaccessible et dont les techniques de drague échouent lamentablement; et bien sur ils doivent essuyer les moqueries de leurs pairs. Les paroles sont en créole haïtien, avec un léger soupçon de jargon espagnol qui anime le refrain. Un clip vidéo de danse suivra avec un arrière-plan visuel qui évoque des souvenirs de l’Haïti des années 80, la vidéo est un concept séculaire de garçon-rencontre-fille-garçon-ne peut pas avoir-fille.
Le single "Majori" sera publié le mardi 9 août 2022, sur toutes les plateformes de streaming. Assurez-vous de précommandez/pré-enregistrez ici…..
BélO ak ManitoNation pibliye ou nouvo track 'Majori'
Chantè/konpozitè ayisyen-entènasyonal BélO mete tèt ansanm ak DJ/pwodiktè Emmanuel Fils Jacques A.K.A ManitoNation sou yon nouvo mizik "Majori".
“Yon zanmi nou te voye yon beat ManitoNation pou mwen, e mwen te renmen li menm kote a. Apati de la, pwojè a tou dekole,” di BélO. "Ritm lan te diferan tou piti de style mwen nan konpozisyon mizik, men mwen pa janm rekile devan eksperyans ak nouvo lide. Mwen te ajoute pati pa m’ nan son an, ansanm ak pawol yo tou". Ritm Majori tradui yon enfliyans pop, yon melanj ak ritm Afro, rasin ayisyen ak son natif natal BélO, "Ragganga".
Mizisyen yo ki te jwe sou track sa a se yon ekip trè jèn men ki gen bel talan - Marc Kenny Luberisse (gita), Hernso Chery (tanbou), Peterson Altimo (bas) ak Gaetan Désiré A. Collaud (melanje ak metriz) kontribye nan ritm mache nan san nan chante a.
Nouvo mizik sila a, "Majori," se yon kout je bay tout mesye yo ki ap chache renmen ak on fanm ki gen fanm nan fanm li, men teknik koze yo echwe; epi yo sibi fawouch kamarad yo akoz de sa. Pawol chante yo se an kreyòl ayisyen, ak yon ti moso nan jagon Panyòl ki kondwi koral la. Yon videyo mizik dans ap swiv ak yon vizyèl ki evoke souvni Ayiti nan ane 80 yo, videyo a se yon konsèp ti gason-rankontre-fi-ti-ti gason-pa-ka-gen-fi.
"Majori" ap lage madi 9 dawout 2022 sou tout platfòm difizyon mizik yo. Asire w ke w kòmande oubyen anrejistre anvan li soti la a.
Nashville, TN, September 9, 2020 – The winners of the US-based Unsigned Only Music Competition were announced today. The overall 2020 Grand Prize is awarded to the Haitian world music artist Jean Belony Murat, known as BélO. He is also the winner of Fandemonium, Unsigned Only’s online public vote.
Established in 2012, Unsigned Only has become known as the leading music competition honoring international artists who are not signed to a major record label. It has become an important source for discovering new talent and acts as a benchmark for excellence in the arena of contemporary music. Selected from more than 7,000 entries from 109 countries, the winners share in over $160,000 in cash and prizes split among 38 winners.
Winners were selected by a judging panel comprised of high-profile industry experts and renowned recording artists, including: Charli XCX; Aimee Mann; Sanctus Real; O.A.R.; Ruthie Foster; Robert Smith (The Cure); David Benoit; Tyler Williams (The Head And The Heart); NLE Choppa; Bibi Marin (Reik); Darryl Worley; Piso 21; Janiva Magness; Tinariwen; Rhett Walker; The Devil Makes Three; Buika; and many more (see complete list below).
Hailed as Haiti's musical ambassador to the world, BélO is a socially conscious singer/songwriter whose music reflects the issues and challenges facing his home country. BélO has always been committed to the causes of the less fortunate, the education of children, women’s rights, social solidarity, environmental protection, and peace in Haiti and around the world. His social activism is especially significant during these challenging times and exposes the enormous contradictions and inequalities of our societies.
“Haiti has a lot to offer to the rest of the world, and our culture reflects the beauty of its diversity,” said BélO.“When we are united there’s not much that we can’t achieve. As always I am proud to represent my country and to share my music with the world. I would like to extend my gratitude to the fans who supported me and carried me throughout the years.”
BélO’s sound is a mixture of world, rock, reggae, jazz, and Afro-Haitian traditional rhythms known as “ragganga.” Born in Croix-des-Bouquets, near Port-au-Prince, BélO was only 11 years old when he realized he wanted to be a professional musician. For him, it was seemingly his destiny because music was everywhere: in his home, on the streets, and all over Haiti. His first album was released in 2005, and since then he hasperformed all over the world, garnering accolades and multiple awards, including winning the prestigious "Prix Radio France International Discoveries” award.
“BélO’s message is so relevant right now; it speaks to the turbulent and challenging times in which we all live,” said Founders/Directors Candace Avery and Jim Morgan. “His message of unity and peace resonates now more than ever.”
In addition to winning $20,000 in cash (US) and much more in prizes, BélO will also receive one-on-one mentoring from a group of upper-echelon music industry executives from: ARC Music, Because Music, Cumbancha/Putumayo, Naive Records, Montreux Jazz Festival, Omnium Records, RCA, and Summerfest Music Festival.
Artist judges include: Aimee Mann; Bow Wow; Buika; Charli XCX; Christopher Lennertz; Craig Campbell; Darryl Worley; David Benoit; Eric Bibb; Janiva Magness; Lionel Loueke; NLE Choppa; Chris Culos (O.A.R.); Bibi Marin (Reik); Rhett Walker; Robert Smith (The Cure); Russ Landau; Ruthie Foster; Sanctus Real; Tenth Avenue North; The Devil Makes Three; Tinariwen; Victor Wainwright; and Zbigniew Presiner.
Industry judges include: Angel Romero (Founder/Sr. Editor, World Music Central); Angela Yee (Radio Personality, "The Breakfast Club"/105.1); Anna Kolander (Manager, Activist Artists Mgmt); Anthony DeCurtis (Contributing Editor, Rolling Stone); Art Tipaldi (Editor, Blues Music Magazine); Brandon Chitwood (The EDM Scholar); Brett Milano (Music Critic, Boston Herald); Brinson Strickland (President, Collective Music Nashville); Chad Jensen (Artist Manager, Jensen Artist Mgmt); Christopher Scapelliti (Editor-In-Chief, Guitar Player); Damian Fanelli (Editor-In-Chief, Guitar World); David Sikorski (Sr. Editor, EARMILK Media Inc.); David Silbaugh (Talent Buyer, Summerfest); Enrique Santos (Chairman/Chief Creative Officer, iHeart Latino); Evan Stein (Owner, Experience Music Group); Gaston Leone (Talent Buyer, Goldenvoice); Hilary Saunders (Managing Editor, No Depression); James Kempner (Owner, JMK Connections); James Whitting (Partner, Paradigm Talent Agency); Jeff Zuchowski (VP, Artist Marketing/Industry Relations, Pandora); Jennifer Taunton (Music Supervisor, Level Two Music); John Cameron (Managing Editor, EDM.com); John Dibiase (President, Jesus Freak Hideout); Joseph Patterson (Senior Editor, Complex); Josh Jackson (Co-Founder and Editor-In-Chief, Paste Magazine); Kevin McNeese (President, NewReleaseToday); Lyndsey Parker (Managing Editor, Yahoo Music); Mac Randall (Editor, JazzTimes); Raoul Hernandez (Music Editor, Austin Chronicle); and Sheryl Louis (CSM Management). Unsigned Only is sponsored by: CAD Audio; Celebrity Access; Disc Makers; Eventric; Hybrid Studios; Killer Brownies; Lurssen Mastering; Merch Cat; Mojave Audio; Musicians Institute; Ortega Guitars; Symphonic Distribution; and The Music Business Registry. For more information and to view the list of all winners, go to www.unsignedonly.com. For high-res photos, contact Candace Avery at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Submissions for the 2021 competition are currently open. Entry information can be found at https://www.unsignedonly.com
The complete list of 2020 winners is as follows:
Grand Prize BélO (Port-Au-Prince, Haiti) – “EDA”
Adult Album Alternative (AAA) First Place: San Mei (Melbourne, VIC, Australia) – “Hard To Face” Second Place: Trent-Jean (Perth, WA, Australia) – “Manchester By The Sea”
Adult Contemporary (AC) First Place: Lainey Dionne (Smithfield, RI, USA) – “Hey London” Second Place: MAXO (Canberra, ACT, Australia) – “All My Love”
Americana First Place: Brit Taylor (Hindman, KY, USA) – “Waking Up Ain't Easy” Second Place: Big Little Lions (Royston, BC, Canada) – “Against The Wall”
Christian First Place: Aaron David (Tampa, FL, USA) – “Dirty Heart” Second Place: Lizi Bailey (Griffin, GA, USA) – "Better”
Country First Place: Sonia Leigh (Nashville, TN, USA) – “Jack Is Back” Second Place: Buck Twenty (Harrow, ON, Canada) – “All I Can Do”
EDM First Place: Du0 (Brisbane, QLD, Australia) – “Way Back Down” Second Place: Medii (Alameda, CA, USA) – “Keys Ft. Kiture”
Folk/Singer-Songwriter First Place: Kelson (Atlanta, GA, USA) – “Holy Smoke” Second Place: Sahara Beck (Fortitude Valley, QLD, Australia) – “21st Century”
Instrumental First Place: Tomokazu Yamada (Shakotan, Japan) – “Migraine” Second Place: Gaia (Helsinki, Finland) – “Questions In E Minor”
Jazz First Place: Adam Hutcheson/AH2 (Atlanta, GA, USA) – “Souperbass” Second Place: Hildemaro Alvarez (San Cristobal, Venezuela) – “Arriba En La Ruta 3”
Latin First Place: Patiño (San José, Costa Rica) – “Paquita Linda” Second Place: RYOKER (Bogota, Colombia) – “Amanecer En Paris”
Pop/Top 40 First Place: Lily Williams (London, England) – "Punching” Second Place: Theia (Auckland, New Zealand) – “Not Your Princess”
R&B/Hip-Hop First Place King Zay (St. Louis, MO, USA) – “Tonka” Second Place: Bby Ivy (Oslo, Norway) – “Sweet Like Honey”
Rock First Place: Joshua & The Holy Rollers (Los Angeles, CA, USA) – “Talks Like Alabama” Second Place: Megan Slankard (San Francisco, CA, USA) – “I Want To Be Loved”
Screen Shot First Place: MAD FVN (McLean, VA, USA) – “Skeletons” Second Place: JoJo Worthington (Waterloo, ON, Canada) – “Stabilize”
Teen First Place: Beyond Chaotic (Land O Lakes, FL, USA) – “You Don't Even Know (Kung Fu)” Second Place: Victoria Dennis (Mount Kisco, NY, USA) – “When I Fall”
Vocal Performance First Place: Bianca Ryan (Philadelphia, PA, USA) – “Say Something” Second Place: Dreion (Boston, MA, USA) – “I Gotta Bad Feeling”
World Music First Place: Jaja Bashengezi (Bukavu, Democratic Republic of The Congo) – “Fata Katibu” Second Place: OYME (Pushkino, Russia) – “Vaya”
Triple Play Week One - Get Exposure Kelson (Atlanta, GA, USA) – “Holy Smoke”
Week Two - Get Published Madison Olds (Kamloops, BC, Canada) – “3's A Crowd”
Week Three - Get Paid Mad FVN (McLean, VA, USA) – “Skeletons”
Win Some Love – three winners (in alphabetical order) Sahara Beck (Fortitude Valley, QLD, Australia) – “Queen Of Hearts” Scot Robinson (Edmonton, AB, Canada) – “Istanbul” The Sand (Murcia, Spain) – “California”
Video Only Professional Video Eli Dan (Melbourne, VIC, Australia) – “Treading Water”
Homemade Video Abi Muir (Redlynch, QLD, Australia) – “Creep”
NEW YORK (PRWEB) July 08, 2019 In an age where new music activism and music with purpose are trendy, BélO - Haitian International Artist and RFI 2006 discovery prize winner - has remained at the forefront by using his voice as a tool to help his country see clear through chaos. BélO’s 6th album, Motivasyon, will be out on July 10, 2019. Motivasyon is coming out at a particular time where a wave of hopelessness is raging and ravaging the mind of the youth throughout Haiti. The album is spotting 10 tracks, with 9 tracks (Tilandeng, Gran Neg Les Geoliers, Pwofese Yo, Tigason, Geometry of Time, Swiv Wout Ou, Mon Ilot & Bousol) advocating empowerment. The Haitian mind is being eroded, and it seems the word hope is being scratched off the vocabulary of an entire nation. A nation that invented the word freedom is now under an unparalleled infernal attack. Motivasyon is from the heart of a watchman, a sentinel, and a messenger who carries words of love for his people, for Haiti. Beyond poetry, philosophy, and beyond melodies, the goal of this album is to uplift the Haitian spirit and to find an answer to problems that the nation is facing.
Being the first alternative artist to come out of Haiti, BélO continues to evolve his signature hybrid sound “Ragganga” by mixing vintage and new genre to the Afro Haitian rhythm while preserving the integrity of live music. BélO chose to co-produce this album with a wave of new talents: Charleson (Poppy) Duverné, Jaël Auguste and Michael Brun. BélO co-wrote the lyrics with Jean Winer PASCAL. Motisasyon features an A-list of Musicians: Clément Keke Belizaire, Fabrice Rouzier David Casseus Marc-Harold Pierre, Johnson St Cyr, Robenson Désius, Gerald Kebreau, Dony Felix, Peterson Altimo, Alexa Cherrelus, Lafrance Sardau Francisco (Cisco), Hans Dominique (Bwagri), Bebijoe and Therly Job.
BélO has often taken the role of a Griot whose function is to keep an oral history of his country. He took a more personal approach this time around by interpreting his family’s narrative folksong Eda (track 3), which has been handed down to him by his deceased Father. Eda is the only romantic song of the album, and is co-produced by global producer Michael Brun. It is also featured on Brun’s album, “Lokal,” with Nigerian guest artist Adekunle Gold.
If you love Haiti, Motivasyon was definitely written for you.
Motivasyon release event will begin July 18 at David Rubenstein Atrium at Lincoln Center NY. http://www.lincolncenter.org/atrium/show/belo-1. BélO will be heading next to Montreal and Europe. He will be back in the U.S. on Oct 12 to perform at Kravis performing Arts, West Palm Beach, FL. https://www.kravis.org/events/belo/. Motivasyon Lyrics in Kreyol and English translation https://www.beloayiti.com.
Ambassade des États-Unis, Port-au-Prince (Haïti) On March 8, 2019 in commemoration of Women’s International Day, the organization "Femme à Aimer” paid a visit to the Women’s Prison in Cabaret, along with State Department program alumni who participated in the event. As part of the visit, the organization distributed feminine products and organized a concert with the renowned Haitian performer BELO.#IWD2019 __,,__ Le 8 mars 2019, à l'occasion de la Journée internationale des droits de la femme, l'organisation "Femme à Aimer” s'est rendue à la prison pour femmes de Cabaret, en compagnie d'anciens boursies de quelques programmes du Département d'État ayant participé à l'événement. Dans le cadre de cette visite, des produits féminins ont été distribué et un concert organisé avec la performance du renommé BELO. #JIF2019 __,,__ Nan dat 8 mas 2019 la nan komemorasyon Jounen Entènasyonal Dwa Fanm, òganizasyon "Femme à Aimer" te ale nan prizon pou fanm yo nan Kabarè, ansanm ak ansyen bousye ki te patisipe nan divès pwogram Depatman Deta Ameriken an. Nan kad vizit sila a, òganizasyon an te distribiye pwodi pèsonèl pou fanm epi tout e òganize yon konsè avèk pèfòmans atis BelO.