The amazing Haitian singer Moonlight Benjamin is also a voodoo priestess, and her music has blues and rock’n’roll influences.
Strange? No, not really!
Moonlight Benjamin studied jazz in Paris; she returned to Haiti to study and learn voodoo, where she sang with Cuban pianist Omar Sosa and Guadeloupe saxophonist Jacques Schwarz-Bart in their joint project Creole Spirits.
Nowadays, alongside producer and musician Matthis Pascaud, she sings poems by dissident musicians from Haitian literature such as Frankétienne, Georges Castera and Anthony Lespès, her music is even more dense, intense, mature, and coherent.
The music of Moonlight Benjamin and the French musicians that play with her perfectly tell the story of the connection, via voodoo (and her music) between Africa and the Americas.
Politically, she is a powerful voice against the politics of social exclusion and elitism that has always characterized Haiti, one of the poorest countries in the world.
It’s world music, but it’s more than that for those who like rock and blues. It’s heavy blues, intense, with diverse and surprising elements.