Haiti's Political Candidates want Freshla in their Corner

Haitian musician, Freshla, wants to shake up the establishment with his music, Raboday. A high-profile music producer also, he is playing a role in this month's Parliamentary elections.

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Music critic, Susana Ferreira, who writes for BuzzFeed and profiled Freshla in the e-magazine, comments on various interpretations of Freshla's current hit, "Kite Ti Pati'm Kanpe". She says a couple of meanings translate from Creole as ". . . let my little party stand", or don't mess with ". . . my piece of the pie".

Freshla, reigning King of Raboday, heads Vwadezil, which performs a new genre of pop music. Using elements of electronic music, voodoo beats, and rah-rah, its synthesis began in the streets. Haitian youth love Raboday mainly for its beats, but also because it strikes back at the status quo and criticizes the current political climate.

Because Freshla's songs are political, candidates running for Parliament, and who want to capture the youth vote are asking Freshla to support them. For candidates lucky enough to earn an endorsement from Freshla, it could mean the difference between winning and losing.

Freshla has shown interest in some of the candidates, but has he bestowed an endorsement? What we do know about Freshla is he has no want to run for office himself. He prefers to be a voice, weighing in on Haiti's social and political ills. In his latest song "Les Peta d'Or, he sings of Haiti's soaring inflation and corrupt electoral process.

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