Anie: What inspires/intrigues you the most about the Haitian culture?
Riva: The mysticism is what fascinates me the most. Ever since I was a little girl growing up in Haiti I've always been inspired by the stories and tales I would hear, never knowing which were fables and
which were reality, they always seemed to intertwine.
Anie: What's your message for the young women entering the HMI as an artist?
RivaTo believe in their individuality, magic and uniqueness. Oftentimes young women are led to believe that they have to fit a certain social construct and led astray. But as Haitian women in particular, we have to constantly remind ourselves of just how exceptional we are.
Anie: What inspired you to embrace the Voodoo/traditional Haitian dance culture?
Riva: I've been exposed to the rich Haitian traditions at a very young age and my parents always encouraged me to keep an open mind. The beauty in traditional music was so intriguing. Witnessing the colorful ceremonies and hypnotic melodies sung so passionately moved my soul and I've been singing those songs incessantly ever since.
Anie: What's the most difficult challenge(s) you've faced by being in the music industry?
Riva: As a niche artist, my greatest challenge is being relatable to the masses. People always suggest that I make music that more people can relate to but I don't mind creative music that moves a smaller group
on a deeper more conscious level.
Anie: What surprises do you have in store for your performance at BAM Cafe?
Riva: As a tribute to women we will be paying homage to the Haitian greats who have paved the way for us today. Lots of dedication pieces in store!