Electronic DJ and producer Michael Brun is regarded as one of “the biggest things to come out of Haiti in the 21st century”. Now the “Haitian sensation” is spreading his country’s music and culture by bringing a new concept to Williamsburg, Brooklyn. The new concept by Brun is called Bayo which means “to give” in Haitian Creole. Bayo is based off impromptu street parties accompanied with mobile sound systems and lively Haitian rhythms. Bayo parties, previously thrown in Haiti by Brun, have revitalized Haitian culture by allowing DJs a platform to perform, communities to come together, and new music to be heard.
Brun has brought Bayo to America when he hosted a block party in Little Haiti in Miami. He plans to bring his culture’s music to the Music Hall of Williamsburg on November 24 and the Brooklyn Bayo party will include artists such as J Perry, rapper Baky, guitarist Paul Beaubrun, and house DJ Gardy Girault. The scene of the event will be ornamented by Haitian street art and custom made production.
This is an exciting and big undertaking for the already accomplished DJ. He is only 25 years old and has done a number of philanthropic activities for his home country. In 2016 he created the song ‘Wherever I Go’ which became a hit in Haiti. All the proceeds of the song went to Audio Institute School of Music in Haiti who helped him create it. A non-profit festival named after the song was also thrown by Brun.
Brun has also created official remixes for some of the industry’s biggest artists including Calvin Harris, Alicia Keys, Tiësto, and One Republic. In 2014 he played on the mainstage at Ultra Music Festival and created the Kid Coconut label. In recent years he has collaborated with artists such as Dirty South and Rune.
The Sounds of Haiti will be brought in the form of Bayo on November 24. New York will be the home of this event and pre-sale tickets can be purchased here on Wednesday.
By Saad Qureshi | September 26, 2017