Worldbeat, Rock, Reggae and Afro-Haitian traditional rhythms known as “Ragganga”. With the two albums already under his belt -“LAKOU TRANKIL” (2005) and "REFERENCE" (2008) - sung in his rich and colorful native language, Haitian Creole, BélO has established himself as a Haitian-International artist signpost. After the January 2010 earthquake in Haiti, BélO 's primary focus was to create awareness for his country at various performances around the world. BélO 's third album "HAITI DEBOUT," (Haiti Stand-up -2011) was released under Radio France/France Info and distributed, globally, by Harmonia Mundi. During the "HAITI DEBOUT" tour, BélO has performed in Germany, Rome, Romania, France, South Korea, London, Canada and the U.S.
BélO has always been very committed to the cause of the less fortunate, the education of children, respect for women, social solidarity and environmental protection, peace in Haiti and around the world.
Involvement of BélO in Haiti:
Ambassador of the cause of disabled people S.E.P.H, President of Ayiti Mizik (Association of Haitian music professionals), Ambassador of la Francophonie en Haiti (OIF), Ambassador of the environment, Ambassador of Haitian culture, patron of the association "Hope for Haiti", and contributor to UNICEF Haiti children rights, VDH "Volunteers for Development of Haiti and, Spoke person for the Haitian Red Cross and Spoke person of Ministry of Women Human Rights in Haiti.
BélO performed and conducted seminars at many venues across America thanks to Center Stage a public diplomacy initiative of the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.
-“Haitian musician, BélO, has become internationally recognized for his socially conscious songs.” Natasha Del Toro -Frontline World PBS
-“The crowd was screaming --- like schoolgirls -- for the appearance of BélO, Haiti's most recognizable and revered young music star, in his first return to Haiti since the quake...”Emily Troutman –AOLnews
-“BélO's versatile guitar work and slightly raspy, soulful voice have made a fan of me.” John Oseid -Condé Nast Traveler
In the song "Lakou trankil" (The calm backyard), BélO sees his country as a village where everyone knows each other, knows how to live together, and everything has its place. "Ti Moun Yo" (Children) calls on the leaders to tackle the plight of abandoned children left to wander the streets. "Famm Kreyol" (Creole Woman) pays tribute to women, abandoned mothers, who struggle daily to work, to feed their children and offer them an education. "Ayiti levé" ("Haiti Stand up!") is a message of hope and solidarity.
-HAITI DEBOUT ALBUM
"Haiti Debout" is dedicated to Haiti and the strength of the Haitian people. With the third album, Belo took a step further into the roots sound exploring the Haitian "Rasin" rhythms and African flavors where we notice the presence of the talking drum and other similar percussions. During his travels, BelO met numerous musicians who wanted to share the love he has for his country by contributing a part of their culture to the album; hence Blick Bassy from Cameroun, Sael from Martinique, Thierry Fanfant from Guadeloupe, Amen Viana and Jean Baptiste Gbadoe from Togo, Harouna Samake and Prince from Mali, Patrick Ruffino from Benin, David Aubaille and Jean Lamoot from France and Gabriel Saeintz.Yet, the album would not be complete without his support system and Haitian entourage, and they are: Fabrice Rouzier, Andy Barrow, Harold St-Louis, Joel Widmaier, Valencia Laguerre, Carlomagno Araya, Jowee Omicil, Emmanuella Michel and Claude Saturne.
The belief that surviving hardship makes us more resilient is what inspired "Haiti Debout." The most revealing track on the record is "Wozo," (Reed) pitching the tone of the album. BelO says "Ou se wozo ... ou mèt tande'w pliye, ou pap kase." "You will bend but will not break".