Haitian International artist BélO will release a new album titled Natif Natal (Global release date April 9, 2014) with a worldwide tour beginning in the United States. The Radio France International Discoveries winner’s 4th album, Natif Natal, is a journey of emotional social struggles, love and the need to belong.
The social crusader is first a lyricist before a music composer, and it comes to no surprise that the first track “Detripay” (Gutted) depicts the world being pulled apart from the inside out revealing prostitution, human trafficking and rape. BélO’s poetic vision and his colorful Kreyol proverbs are put on full display in Natif Natal. A constant social spirit throughout the entire album sending a message of hope (Track 4 Pa Lage), holding on to love (Track 10 Abondans), and despite critical labels of society one should be able to accomplish its mission in life (Track 9 Pa Koute Yo). Natif Natal is dedicated to mankind and the dream of a world without boarders (Track 11 Citizen of World).
Natif Natal is produced by Jean Belony Murat a.k.a BélO; arranged/final mixed by Andy Barrow. BélO refused to be shackled by the limitations of one genre and threw a wider net to capture various sounds for Natif Natal. “I am a native from Haiti, and I want to be part of the global musical movement” -BélO. Effortlessly, BélO’s sound leaps from his native traditional Haitian roots, Rock/Pop, old school Reggae, vintage Bossa Nova and R&B. The structural shift across the whole album is very apparent. BélO’s signature jazzy touch from his second album reappears while cultivating a more organic sound. BélO is known as being Haiti’s live acoustic innovator, yet he has never recorded in that style. The recording features songs in a greener format like: a call-and-response chorus, acoustic guitar and Haitian Tambour (congas) arrangements (Track 4 Pa Lage & Track 13 Tinonm).
The album showcases upcoming local Haitian vocalist like Mandela (Track 4 Pa Lage) and Queen Bee (Track 10 Abondans), Haiti’s renown rapper BIC (Track 6 Kase Tibwa) and the celebrated Haitian roots artist Eddy Francois -former lead singer of Boukman Ekperyanse Grammy nominated group (Track 9 Pa Koute Yo). From different parts of the world numerous artists have contributed to this multi-inspirational album: Fabrice Rouzier, Clement Belizaire, Wesner St-Louis, Andy Barrow, Charleson Duverné, Hans Dominique (Bwagri), Harold St-Louis, Dony Felix, Johnson St Cyr, Kali, Carlomagno Araya, Ismael Vergara, Monica Frias, Alive for God (chorus group), and Alessandro Vivianni.
Natif Natal’s tour will begin April 11 at Artisphere, in Virginia where he performed in 2012 in a sold out concert, followed by April 13th: Festival International Nuits d'Afrique de Montréal Canada, April16-23: France, April 26-27: International Festival de Louisiana, May1-15: National tour in Haiti, May 23-25: Guadeloupe, May 30: Jamaica. Additional tour dates in Boston, Miami, New York, Europe and more on http://www.belohaiti.com. Natif Natal will be available on the iTunes Store.
Natif Natal track listing:
4-Banm Nouvel Ou
5-Pa Lage Sa (ft. Mandela)
6-Kase Tibwa (ft. BIC)
7-Mizik a Duam
8-Interlude: Pa Koute Yo
9-Pa Koute Yo (ft. Eddy Francois)
10-Abondans (ft. Queen Bee)
11-Citizen Of The World
16-Interlude: Rara Dessinord