With new album, singer BelO makes changes but preserves Haitian sound

April 4, 2014 8:27 PM

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An artwork’s title can be an affirmation. For BelO, the Haitian singer and guitarist known for his catchy reggae- and world beat-influenced music and for his dedication to social issues, the title of his fourth album, Natif Natal, serves just that function.

“ Natif Natal is a way for me to say that my sound has changed a little bit, but I’m still Haitian,” the musician says, speaking via Skype from the capital city, Port-au-Prince, with his 7-month-old daughter making occasional babbling noises in the background.

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