A one-night-only special concert event
featuring Princess Eud & Riva Precil
Friday, November 15th, 2019
CITY COLLEGE CENTER FOR THE ARTS PRESENTS GLOBAL MUSIC STAR EMELINE MICHEL IN ONE-NIGHT-ONLY ‘BLACK PEARLS’ CONCERT EVENT
Acclaimed Haitian songstress will perform with special guests Princess Eud and Riva Précil at Aaron Davis Hall on Friday, November 15, at 7:30 p.m.
NEW YORK (October 29, 2019) — Music lovers will have the chance to hear the work of a titan of world music as City College Center for the Arts (CCCA) presents “Emeline Michel’s Black Pearls,” a special one-night-only concert on Friday, November 15. An acclaimed artist and an icon of Haitian music, Emeline Michel has brought the music of her homeland to stages across the world for more than two decades. The 7:30 p.m. concert will feature Michel and voices of the new generation of Haitian singers, Princess Eud and Riva Précil. The trio, having joined forces for their recent hit song “Egzotik,” are sure to delight audiences with the energetic and mesmerizing sounds of their storied island nation.
Praised by the New York Times as a “dancing ambassador with a voice serene and warm like the breeze,” Michel was born in Gonaïves, Haiti, and began singing with a gospel choir there. After studying at the Detroit Jazz Center, she returned home to Haiti and musical fame soon followed. Captivating audiences with her unique fusion of Haitian rhythms, pop, jazz and blues, the skillful singer-songwriter amassed a long list of hit songs including “Flanm,” “A.K.I.K.O,” “La Chanson de Jocelyne,” and “Pran Mem M (Take My Hand).”
The “Black Pearls” concert — its name a nod to the rare excellence of its performers as well as to Haiti’s moniker as “the pearl of the Antilles” — will also feature the talent of the rising generation of Haitian performers: Eud, a talented rapper and singer known for hit songs such as “Hey” and “Eudomination,” and Précil, a Haitian-American singer-songwriter celebrated for her mix of jazz and Haitian beats.
“We are excited to welcome this musical icon to Aaron Davis Hall and present New York audiences with the chance to hear the sounds of Haiti,” said Gregory Shanck, managing director of CCCA. “As we near the ten-year anniversary of the 2010 Haitian earthquake it provides us with the opportunity to focus on the glory and promise of that nation.”
“Black Pearls” will also feature the Sacred Heart Children’s Choir of the Sacred Heart Roman Catholic Church in Cambria Heights, New York. Tickets for “Emeline Michel’s Black Pearls” are $40 general admission and $32 for students and seniors and are available for purchase online at www.citycollegecenterforthearts.org or by calling the box office at (212) 650-6900.
Pre-eminent Haitian Singer and global music star, Emeline Michel creates a glorious celebration of Haitian musical expressions with herself and two distinct voices from a new generation of Haitian singers.
Rare , distinguish and refined, black pearls are symbols of wisdom. They are also called pearls of Joy!
Black Pearls describes the one-of-a-kind “bejeweled” artists, of this line up. The principle vocalists also hail from Haiti – “The pearl of the Antilles.”
Each of them band leaders, singers, songwriters in their own right, they have earned tremendous respect and admiration Haiti and also all around the world.
From stripped down to adorned accompaniments, they shine because of their authenticity and artistic integrity.
Their voices mirror the human emotion, voices that continuously question, uplift, exalt, and heal!
This one-night-only event will feature performances by Emeline Michel with Princess Eud and Riva Precil.
About the Artists
Vocalist, songwriter, and performer Emeline Michel is internationally acclaimed for fusing pop, jazz, blues, and traditional Haitian rhythms to create deeply moving and joyful music, delivered with a charismatic live show.
A master entertainer, Michel has been sharing her message with audiences across Europe and the Americas for more than 20 years, including appearances at New York’s Carnegie Hall, The United Nations, Ontario’s Luminato Festival, Montreal International Jazz Festival, New Orleans Jazz Fest, Tasmania’s Ten Days On The Island, Zimbabwe’s Harare International Arts Festival, and on MTV’s Hope for Haiti Now: A Global Benefit for Earthquake Relief fundraiser. Hailed by the New York Times as a “diplomat of music” and “the dancing ambassador with a voice serene and warm like the breeze,” Michel first began singing with the gospel choir in the church of Gonaïves, Haiti. She later studied at the Detroit Jazz Center and returned to Haiti, where her career blossomed. Now based in New York City, she runs her own production company, Production Cheval de Feu, and is currently touring in support of her long-awaited 10th album Quintessence. A remarkable blend of spirited songs, the album captures the reverence and gratitude for the present moment and showcases Michel’s virtuoso vocal, singing in Creole, French and English, with finger-picked guitars, soulful backing vocals, a children’s choir, Haitian percussion, lush strings, playful trumpet and accordion lines.
Born in Brooklyn but raised in Haiti, Riva Nyri Précil was exposed to traditional Haitian music and culture, which greatly influenced her eclectic music and fashion palette. She studied under some of Haiti’s greatest artists, dancers, actors, and musicians. A singer, songwriter, Haitian folkloric dancer and choreographer, jeweler, artist and children’s book author, Riva performs in various forums and Venus throughout the U.S., Canada and Haiti.
EUD (IYOUDI) is a Haitian rapper, singer and actress. She began a musical career that was confirmed with her participation in a carnival song with the band Tribu de Job in 2000. She was only 16 at the time. Despite her mother’s opposition, she clings to her prose and continues to rhyme to make her way into the macho world of music.
A versatile artist, her repertoire includes several genres of music such as Rap, R&B, Soul, World Beat, among others. With a captivating look and charisma of an international superstar, she admits to being influenced by artists like Lauryn Hill and Manzè by Boukman Eksperyans. These influences can be seen through her videos “Hey!” in 2006 and “Y’ap pale” in 2011, where she expresses herself as a sophisticated and uninhibited woman in her blue jeans and T-shirt. Having several talents, in 2007 she became co-host of the show “W’a Rap” at Telemax (Haiti). An artist at heart, she puts her unique voice on both one-off projects and longer-term projects. Having participated in several projects for the Mystik703 group, EUD joined the group officially in 2009. She participated on the album Decade of Mystik703 as an official member just before making an international tour with the band in France, Belgium and some islands of the French Antilles.