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by Riva Nyri Precil

A seamless fusion of native Haitian musical traditions, world music, jazz, and African tones.
Genre: World: World Traditions
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Legba
3:07 album only
2. Danbala
2:43 album only
3. Papa Loko
4:01 album only
4. Makaya
2:54 album only
5. Se Bon
3:56 album only
6. Kriye Bode
2:37 album only
7. Chita La
4:42 album only
8. Atibon
3:24 album only
9. Moyiz Dezo
4:37 album only
10. Twa Fey
4:26 album only
11. Batala
3:33 album only
12. Nan Domi
3:54 album only
13. Ou Fe M'
3:27 album only
14. Ti Zando
4:02 album only
15. Zantray Lavi
4:36 album only
16. Mwen Bezwen W' (Bonus Track)
5:39 album only
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Album Notes
Riva Nyri Precil is half Haitian and half Irish/Russian. She was born in Brooklyn, New York and moved to Haiti at the age of 5, where she resided for 10 years. While in Haiti, Riva was exposed to traditional Haitian music and culture, which greatly influenced her eclectic music and fashion palette. She studied acting, Haitian folkloric and modern dance, and art and
sculpture. She began performing at cultural events, clubs and Haiti’s National Palace, dancing, singing, and acting. At the age of 9 she began teaching art classes to the other children in her neighborhood. She also began independently beading and creating pieces for her friends and family.

Riva moved back to New York at the age of 15 where she attended LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts and majored in Vocal performance. She took a liking to jazz performance and attended several jazz studies courses to broaden her knowledge on the subject. She was also a member of the gospel choir where she gained an interest in that particular genre. While in New York, Riva took her first jewelry-making class and began taking her craft more seriously, creating more intricate pieces and challenging herself by using new materials.

At the age of 18, Riva moved to New Orleans to attend Loyola University New Orleans where she graduated with a Music Therapy degree. During her time in New Orleans she taught several Haitian folkloric dance classes, yoga, choreographed, and performed at various events and benefit functions to aid Haiti after the earthquake in 2010. She co-founded the Hope for Haiti task force, which was assembled to identify relief resources and plan for a sustained aid effort. She also co-founded Li! Li! Li! a reading out loud program in Creole for Haiti’s children who became displaced after the earthquake.

Riva speaks four languages: English, Haitian Creole, French and Spanish. She is also a proud member of Sigma Alpha Iota and Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.

She currently resides in Brooklyn, New York where she is working on her debut solo album which will be a fusion of traditional Haitian songs, soul, R&B, African tones, and jazz elements.



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