“Iko Kreyòl” is a reimagining of the New Orleans classic “Iko Iko,” a standard Mardi Gras chant that many historians believe descended from Haitian folklore. The song is being released in celebration of the Krewe du Kanaval fundraising event and festivities in New Orleans on February 22.
In this retelling, Lakou Mizik and 79rs Gang trade off new verses in Haitian Kreyol and English that celebrate the epic cultural reunion of Haiti and New Orleans. The glory and connection of these cultures are on full display as the traditional Haitian rara horns mix with second-line swagger. By the end, the song winds its way back to its original homeland, Haiti. “Iko Kreyòl” was recorded both in New Orleans and in Haiti at the Artists Institute and is produced by Butler and Eric Heigle.
Krewe du Kanaval will take place on Friday, February 22nd in Louis Armstrong Park at Congo Square in a celebratory procession that is free and open to the public. Krewe du Kanaval is annual event supporting the work of the Kanpe organization in Haiti (http://kanpe.org) and the Preservation Hall Foundation in New Orleans (https://www.preshallfoundation.org/)
LISTEN TO "IKO KREYÒL" HERE:
“Iko Kreyòl” (DJ Windows 98 Dryades to Bala Mix)