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Kreyòl Roots

Kreyòl Roots is a Haitian-American Haitian roots band located in Chicago, Illinois.[1] The ban'ds musical style includes Caribbean Roots, Zouk, African, and traditional Haitian rhythms.

Kreyòl Roots
Origin Chicago, Illinois
Genres Haitian roots
Years active 2014–present
Associated acts Samuel Francis
Sarah Exantus
France Jean-Baptiste
Members Gerald “Toto” Alfred, Lead Guitar & Lead Vocals
TBA, Bass
Krissy, Lead & Harmony Vocals & Dance
Margaret Rainey, Backup Vocals & Dance
Juneau “Gino” J. Francois, Percussion & Backup Vocals
Josue Pierre, Keyboard
Michael "Paapa Michael" Annang, Drums/Percussion
Past members

Emmanuely “Sodoki” Kalimili
Dormin Ordonez
Lindbergh Wade
Parrish Hicks Sr,

Ernst “Tines” Albert
Dominique Louis

HistoryEdit

The band was founded by Gerald “Toto” Alfred. Toto has been playing guitar since his adolescence and spent twenty years as the lead guitarist for the Haitian roots band Boukman Eksperyans. Once he relocated to Chicago from Haiti, Gerald “Toto” Alfred began searching for musicians to form Kreyòl Roots.

Composed of musicians hailing from mostly Haiti, Kreyòl Roots frequently collaborates with musicians from Ghana, Tanzania, Belize, and The United States of America. Kreyòl Roots features Gerald “Toto” Alfred on lead guitar and lead vocals, (TBA) on bass, Krissy on lead and harmony vocals and dance, Margaret Rainey on backup vocals and dance, Juneau “Gino” J. Francois on percussion and backup vocals, Josue Pierre on keyboard, and Michael "Paapa Michael" Annang on drums and percussion. Guest artists have included Samuel Francis, Sarah Exantus, Emmanuely “Sodoki” Kalimili, and France Jean-Baptiste.[2]

The band has played events such as Chicago’s The Old Town School of Folk Music,[3][4] Chicago Vegan Mania 2014,[5] Loyola University's Summer on the Plaza, Music on the Mayne Stage, Kick Off to Summer at The Dock at Montrose Beach, Caribbean Heritage Month, Uptown Saturday Nights, and Glenwood Ave Arts Festival. Being able to perform as a small acoustic group as well, the band has performed at Chicago's Swedish, German, and Haitian museums as a two-piece ensemble.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Haitian Roots Music Finds A Home In Chicago | WUWM". wuwm.com. Retrieved 2015-07-30. 
  2. ^ "Who We Are - Kreyòl Roots". kreyolroots.com. Retrieved 2015-07-30. 
  3. ^ "SouthSide On The Town: 27 Mar 15". southsideonthetown.blogspot.com. Retrieved 2015-07-30. 
  4. ^ "03/27 Kreyól Roots (Jazzy Caribbean reggae fusion) at Global Dance Party Old Town School of Folk Music | World Fusion Chicago". worldfusionchicago.wordpress.com. Retrieved 2015-07-30. 
  5. ^ "Chicago VeganMania Culture Café Entertainment 2014". chicagoveganmania.com. Retrieved 2015-07-30. 

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