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HBINTERVIEWFace to Face

I had the pleasure of interviewing Virginia Louis aka


Nia, formerly of the group Zin. She was very kind and gracious. Nia is a real thrill seeker and has been fascinated by music and singing ever since she was young. She recently relocated to Atlanta and started her own band. Let’s get the details and the updates:

HB- When I last interviewed you a few years ago, everything was going so well for you, your took over your mom’s restaurant, you were in the process of releasing 2 singles, your solo album was almost done, Let’s catch up, what have happened since? 

Nia- Wow it’s truly been a long time! A lot has happened since then. I completed my Nursing program and became an RN, I’m a mother of two, and after many years of living in Florida we decided to move to Atlanta Georgia! Unfortunately my mother passed away last September after many years of being sick. I am still grieving however I am at peace knowing she’s no longer suffering and one day I will see her again. 

HB- Wow, did not know about that, my sincere condolences and may she continues to rest in peace. Why did you decide to move to Atlanta? 

Nia- We moved to Atlanta for the housing to be quite honest. However once we moved we realized it was a great move for our family. We live outside of Atlanta in the suburbs, its very family friendly and a good place to raise kids. 

HB- What motivated you to put this new band together? 

Nia- As you know a couple years ago I had a project called Påsh which was a collaboration between myself and Dano keyboardist from the HMI and a few other local musicians. That project unfortunately ended. One27 was my husband Webb’s idea along with Delva a well known HMI bassist here in Atlanta. One27 is our baby and we are putting in the work to make it happen!

What is your day-to-day life like these days? 

Nia- Very busy! I juggle a few hats!

HB- What are your memories of Zin?

Nia- Zin was a wonderful time in my life and I have many fond memories of with Zin. I got to travel the world and see places that I would probably not have gone to had it not been for Zin. I will forever remember our live performances; no one performance was ever the same. 

HB- What kind of sound does your new band play, is it similar to Zin? 

Nia- One27’s sound is a balanced blend of my musical influences which includes kompa. So in that since there are some similarities to Zin. 

HB= So what drew you into Konpa music? 

Nia- Kompa literally fell onto my lap. I was familiar with the music and knew of a few artists (Skah Shah, Coupe Cloue, Sweet Mickey). My late brother affectionately called Ti-Lou Lou was a huge fan of Zenglen and D’zine and he would drag me to their bals sometimes. To say that I would eventually join a Haitian band was a stretch! I met the guys from Zin at a bal in Miami and the rest is history!

HB- Do you keep in touch with any of the musicians from Zin?

Nia-  Yes definitely, we have a group chat and we chat regularly. If you do, what do you talk about? Everything under the sun!

HB- How is the family doing? 

Nia- My family is well thank God. My children are 7 and 6, they are growing up so fast I wish I can stop time. We are safe and blessed and I’m very thankful for that.

HB-I know it is very hard to be a successful band in the HMI, especially as a female artist. How do you cope with the frustration of not being able to do everything you want to do? 

Nia- I channel that energy into being creative and forging relationships with like-minded creative people. I know our industry is what it is so I choose what I do, when I want to do it and how. My desire is to create my own lane, I believe eventually it will all fall into place.

Final words? Thank you for the interview and thank you to all my fans out there! I love ya’ll and stay tuned!

Share your social media contact for people who want to follow your music? @One27musiq on Instagram, One27 Musiq on Facebook and One27 Musiq on YouTube.

Nobody can predict the future. Not least the future of music, dictated

When it comes to Rap Kreyol in Review, especially female rap artists, the group 4x4 immediately comes to mind. They were originally formed in Port-au-Prince Haiti in 1998 during the height and domination of top bands like Original rap staff and King Posse era. The band’s tenure was short-lived, due to the fact many of the members went their separate ways to focus on other things than music. One of the key members who was Jamaican went back to Jamaica, one of them traveled  to the United States and the others are still missing in action. Since HB’s radar is aiming everywhere, I was able to detect the lovely member who came to the United States and her name is Mia. Let’s get straight to the questions.

HB- Who is Mia?
MIA- She is an introvert, a reserved woman born in Gonaives Haiti raised in Christ Roi She’s a mother of a boy. A former folklore dance instructor, a personal stylist


HB- Growing up, how important was music in your life?
MIA- Music has always been very important and a key aspect in my life especially as a dance instructor. Grew up in the church, being part of the choir. Music has always and will continue to be a part of my life.


HB-VCan you recall the moment when you decided that you wanted to be part of 4x4?
MIA- I was invited by a friend at the studio during the band rehearsal and I could not help my excitement with the beat so I formed a choreograph for the band, which resulted in the members asking me to become part of the band.


HB- Was it an easy or difficult choice to make?
MIA- No , it was not a difficult choice. It was an excited moment in my young life.


HB- How old were you when you joined 4x4?
Mia- I was 19 years young.


HB- For those who probably did not know 4x4, can you explain what this group was about, who were the members and what kind of music it played?
MIA- 4X4 was 4 females rap kreyol singers. The group was based in Haiti. The members were: Vicky, Sofia, Beoty and myself in 1998.


HB- What was your role in 4x4?
MIA- I was one of the vocalist and a choreographer in the band.


HB- Did you help write lyrics or conduct choreography?
MIA- Mostly helped with choreography. That’s one of the main reason I was invited to join. I choreographed the carnival hit song “shake the boom boom” then right after carnival I left Haïti to the United States.

HB- What has been an unexpected or welcome challenge while you were in the band?
MIA- My biggest challenge was hanging with all the girls. it was new to me and hard to adjust due to the fact I grew up with my brothers…all boys. However I did get more comfortable as I started to spend more time with the band.


HB- What has been the best part about it all?
MIA- The best part was having fun together because we all had a passion for music.


HB- Your 2 favorite songs when you were in 4x4?
MIA- “Shake the boom boom” was favorite song and I also like “ba’l glwa”


HB- What was your favorite kanaval song from the band?
MIA- “Shake the boom boom.”


HB- What happened to 4X4?
MIA- Not sure what really happened to 4x4, I was to busy adapting with my new life in the States. I could not keep up with the band activity.

 

HB- Was it difficult to be a female artist in the HMI back then and why?
MIA- Yes it is extremely difficult because the market is male dominated so it’s quite challenging, especially competing during carnival season.

 

HB- Fast forward, what is Mia doing now?
MIA- She’s raising her son, living in NYC and currently working on a traditional voodoo album. I participated in a few cultural fashion show. One of them was featured in Vogue Magazine.

HB- Family life, are you married with children, single life?
MIA- I am not single.


HB- With this Coronavirus, how are you coping?
I am taking it day by day, staying home spending quality time with my son. Cooking, exercising, singing, dancing, and meditating. Working on my album project. I tune in on the news to stay alert on current affairs and information on the pandemic that we are all experiencing. I want to take this time to encourage everyone to still take proper precautions, stay home if you have to and wash your hands.

 

HB- Do you continue to sing privately, like when you are in the shower or for your family and friends?
Yes I sing a different style of music out loud on my free time.

 

HB- Can 4x4 fans expect a surprise return by you releasing some new music?
Yes I’ll be returning to the music scene as a solo artist in the future. I’m working on it.

 

HB- What would you like people to take away from this interview?
MIA- Fok Ou kon kote w soti pou kon kote w prale, identite yon moun se sa ki enpòtan pou li... pa kite rezo social fe w bliye kiyes ou ye.

 

HB- Would you like to share anything else about yourself?
MIA- Not really.

 

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