April 2 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Renowned Haitian DJ and record producer Michael Brun will present a talk followed by a concert on the campus mall. Brun is known for blending electric dance music (EDM) genres such as progressive house with his native Haitian styles. Born to a Haitian father and Guyanese mother who loved music, Brun’s influences stretched from the percussion-heavy Rara and Afrogroove music of his native Haiti, to Hip-hop and R and B. He played guitar and piano from a young age, and took up DJing and music production as a hobby at age 16. Today, Brun has emerged as the face for a new generation of Haitians, working with international stars and home-grown musical heroes to share the richness of his island’s culture with a wider audience. His singular take on traditional Haitian sounds has seen him land consulting work for Spotify, collaborate with superstars like J Balvin, sell out multiple headlining U.S. tours and notch up tens of millions of streams across tracks like Bayo, Soweto, Gaya and Spice. Esquire magazine said, “Michael Brun might be the biggest thing to come out of Haiti in the 21st Century.” In 2020, Brun released to rave reviews his new album, Lokal, a collection of contemporary Haitian music.