Emeline Michel | Quintessence

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by Emeline Michel

A unique blend of spirited songs, bathed in Haitian folk and acoustic jazz, sung in Creole, French and English.
Genre: World: Caribbean
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Infini
5:34 $0.99
2. Mèsi Lavi
3:43 $0.99
3. Djannie
4:54 $0.99
4. M Pa Ka Dòmi
5:13 $0.99
5. Dawn
4:11 $0.99
6. Timoun
4:02 $0.99
7. Terre Mouillée
3:39 $0.99
8. Pran Men M
5:49 $0.99
9. Freedom Bound
5:36 $0.99
10. Yon Mirak
4:44 $0.99
11. Kè M Ap Sote
3:34 $0.99
12. Ton Yanvalou
4:32 $0.99
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Album Notes
In songs that capture the reverence and gratitude for each moment, Quintessence is filled with a yearning for freedom and love. The CD showcases Emeline Michel's warm, deep and moving voice singing in Creole, French and English, against the backgrounds of finger-picked guitars, soulful choirs, a children's choir, Haitian percussion, lush strings, playful trumpet and accordion lines.

From the light-hearted, happy single 'Mési Lavi' (translating to 'Thanks to Life') and the joyful Rara 'Timoun' (translating to 'Children'), addressed to the children of Haiti, to the heartfelt anthem 'Freedom Bound', Quintessence is Emeline's most ambitious album to date.

The name 'Quintessence' means the essence of a thing in its purest and most concentrated form. Emeline sums up the creative process in her own words: “Every song on this album was created from the heart. I enjoy the writing process the most because I was blessed with the collaboration of writers for whom have utmost respect and admiration; the strongest voices of my island: Edwidge Danticat, Ralph Boncy, Yannick Lahens and Martinique's greatest musicians and friends Kali and Ina Cesaire. This is the creamiest of the cream and one of the most wonderful combinations that I have tried so far. I am very thrilled about the result!”

Emeline has cultivated a vibrant career as a Haitian musical ambassador. She is a captivating performer and one of the premier Haitian songwriters of her generation. Her indelible presence has gained her wide exposure through her concert appearances throughout the Caribbean, Europe, and North and South America for over 20 years, including performances at New York’s Carnegie Hall, Festival International de Jazz de Montréal, New Orleans Jazz Fest, Tasmania’s Ten Days On The Island, Zimbabwe’s Harare International Arts Festival, and MTV's 2010 Hope for Haiti Now: A Global Benefit for Earthquake Relief telethon, recorded at Hollywood Bowl, Los Angeles, CA.

The New York Times praises Emeline, comparing her to “an island goddess... voice warm like a breeze”, and Haitian Times proclaims her an “all-time favorite artist”. Amour Creole has declared her new CD the “rebirth of a living legend,” and Haitian newspaper Le Nouvelliste says Emeline “tantalizes the senses” (translated from French). Dubbed “the Joni Mitchell of Haiti” for her astute musical poetry, she’s seen as a source of inspiration by her fellow Haitians at home and abroad, compatriots whose land has been challenged by natural disaster and political turmoil but blessed with a rich culture that has been infused by an indomitable spirit and hope.



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