Mélissa Laveaux. Image courtesy of the artist.

Mélissa Laveaux Tells The Story Of Her Haitian Roots In 'Radyo Siwèl'

Radyo Siwel is a well-deserved celebration of the rich musical culture of Haiti.

Mélissa Laveaux is, along with Arcade Fire's Regine Chassagne, one of the most famous Canadian-Haitians in the music scene. As the child of Haitian migrants born in Canada, there is a complexity to honoring both cultures the same way, especially when the country of your parents is a distant one and your ties to it are few and far between.

One would expect the Canadian music scene to give her the respect and acclaim she deserves. Yet Laveaux openly admits that she was never offered a record deal in Canada, or played a major festival in her hometown, Ottawa. "My career in Canada is nearly non existent except for punctual appearances at the Montreal Jazz Fest or Festival les Nuits d'Afrique."

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