Artist Interview and Musical Showcase with Global Humanitarian and Musician Paul Beaubrun
Our Breaking Distance Team has a really candid and sincere conversation with global musician and humanitarian Paul Beaubrun about Haitian culture and life growing up in Haiti, his newest album "Rasanbleman - Red Moon", creative energy, music and activism. We even discuss human trafficking and sexual violence throughout the world and, particularly, in Haiti. Paul blesses our team with a musical performance and showcase that took our breath away! You will not want to miss this very special episode! More About "Rasanbleman": Album link - https://ropeadope.lnk.to/Rasanbleman Video links https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=GXuLFVPkNv8 https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=an7Xc8BK2kE More About Paul: https://www.paulbeaubrun.com/ A scion of Haitian musical royalty, Paul has spent his life living to the beat. Son of the Grammy nominated band Boukman Eksperyans, his earliest memories are of rhythm and sound. Moving to New York as a youth he was inspired by his heritage to begin crafting a sound all his own. Constantly aware of his roots, the struggle of an immigrant and the drive of New York life, Paul began to create a path where music, activism and history meet. A unique and transfixing sound he calls 'Roots/Blues', Paul weaves his impeccable guitar skills, rich, vocals, musical ingenuity and cultural history together; all while performing a smooth melange of both English, French and Creole (the native tongue of his Haitian roots). Paul has played alongside some of the world's best artists including Ms. Lauryn Hill, Maxwell, Arcade Fire, Jackson Browne and Bob Weir. Worldwide performances include venues such as The Beacon Theater and Radio City Music Hall in NYC, Massey Hall in Toronto, The Ryman Theatre in Nashville, The House of Blues in Chicago, The Montreal Jazz Festival, Festival Internationale Nuits d'Afrique in Montreal, Le Trianon in Paris, The Paleo Festival in Switzerland, No Siesta Fiesta in Norway. These continued accomplishments make him one of the few artists coming out of Haiti to garner worldwide success. Paul has joined forces with Artists for Peace and Justice, and become an integral part of their organization. He is currently working in collaboration with Jackson Browne, and several other artists including Jon Russell (the Head and the Heart), Jonathan Wilson, Habib Koite, Jenny Lewis and Raul Rodriguez on an upcoming album for APJ. He also continues to be an active member and perform at their many events in the USA and Canada. This allows Paul to do what he loves; play music while also furthering awareness of Haitian art, culture and promoting the incredible talent of Haiti's youth. Paul’s album titled 'Vilnerab', released in 2015, soared directly to #1 on itunes in the World Music category, receiving rave reviews. In 2016, he was nominated for a Dora Award by the Toronto Alliance for the Performing Arts for ‘Outstanding Sound Design/Composition’ in the production of Espwa/Espoir. In May of 2018 on Ropeadope Records, Paul released an english/creole album, ‘Ayibobo’ , continuing his evolution of sound into Rock/Roots/Blues music. On April 17th, 2020, Paul released his third album entitled ‘Rasanbleman’. Recorded live at the Cine Institute in Haiti, this album offers listeners a chance to enjoy the raw and emotive energy of uncut and raw power that Paul brings to his sounds.
On this episode, we have a fantastic conversation with the Haitian artist Paul Beaubrun. We dive into the life experiences that influenced his music — experiences such as growing up in the incredibly artistic Grammy nominated Boukman Eksperyans family, fleeing Haiti when he was a teenager due to political reasons, getting accustomed to American culture, and balancing life as a father and musician.UPCOMING SHOW!! Mercury Lounge- NYCNOV 7TH, 2019, 9:30 P.M.217 E Houston St, New York, NY 10002https://www.paulbeaubrun.com/
This week, Louis speaks with Paul Beaubrun, whose family comprises the legendary Haitian band Boukmans Eksperyans. An eye opening discussion about the history of Haiti, including the successful slave rebellion of 1791, the blending of music evident in Mizou Rasin, and the way Paul carries the concept forward - bridging cultural divides through his message of Peace, Beauty, and Blessings.Theme Music by Michael BlakePaul Beaubrun Links:Ayibobo