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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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