Emeline Michel is beloved by Haitians for combining traditional rhythms with social, political and inspirational content. She is a member of a unique generation of Haitian musicians that emerged in the late 1980’s and which also includes guitarist/vocalist Beethova Obas and the bands Boukman Eksperyans and Boukan Guinen. This wave of artists emphasized complex themes, conscious lyrics, and a broad palette of musical styles, including the native Haitian compas, twoubadou and rara.

Quintessence is Emiline Michel’s long-awaited tenth album. The recording has a unique blend of spirited songs, bathed in folk and acoustic jazz. In songs that capture the reverence and gratitude for each moment, Quintessence is filled with a yearning for freedom and love

The CD showcases Emeline’s warm, deep and moving voice singing in Creole, French and English, against guitars, soulful choirs, a children’s choir and Haitian backgrounds of fingerpicked percussion, lush strings, playful trumpet and accordion lines.