Lakou Mizik - Tour 2017

$3,270 of $6,000 goal

Raised by 36 people in 28 days
Dear Friends and Fans of Lakou Mizik,

As you may know, Lakou Mizik has plans to once again bring our music and culture to communities across North America this Spring and Summer. Our breathless road takes us from Portland, ME to New Orleans, LA (JazzFest!) all the way to Boonville, CA and Edmonton, Canada.  Lakou Mizik was started as a way to share Haitian culture  and to form positive connections with the wider worlds. To be invited to play music for audiences outside of Haiti is such and honor and helps us fulfill this original dream.  


Last summer during our first tour, we were so appreciative of all of your generosity and warmth and we truly felt part of your extended families. We are excited to come back and share more of our music. But it's not an easy road - and unfortunately, the economic realities are such that without support we simply can't afford to go out on tour. 

So, we are turning to you, our friends (old and new), our families and our fans to ask, humbly, for your help. We need to raise $6,000 in advance of our upcoming tour to pay for flights and US visas for all 9 band members. 

Flights: 9 x $500 (approx) = $4500
Visas: 9 x $190 = $1710 

Any help that you may be able to offer, no matter the amount, will be a blessing. Every little bit will go directly to these costs and will be crucial in in our  efforts to bring our music and our Haitian culture directly to you! 


Music creates bridges and breaks down the walls of culture, religion and language. If you've had a chance to see Lakou Mizik  on stage, hopefully you've already seen this in action - we feel it everywhere we go. The way the world is today, these connective, cultural bridges are important than ever and we are doing our best to connect with as many people as possible. 

In Haitian Kreyol there's an expression - "Men anpil chay pa lou" - you may know it as "many hands make light work." This is the spirit that we work with in Haiti - this is the spirit of the Lakou - resources are always scarce but we take care of each other with the means we have.  If you are able to help us we promise to bring you our music, our culture, our positive spirit all summer long!

If you'd like to donate but prefer to make a tax-deductible donation you can do so through our long time Charitable partner CARAVAAN . Make a tax-deductible donation to Lakou Mizik HERE  ( http://caravaan.org/donate/). Make sure to clink the "Donate to Lakou Mizik" link.

Thank you so much for your support! 
Mesi anpil pou sipò pa nou! 

Lakou Mizik and Zach

Here is a video of a Lakou Mizik performance last year in Brooklyn, NY:

"Gaya" - Lakou Mizik's Latest Music Video with DJ Michael Brun and J. Perry:


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Update 7
Posted by Zach Niles
10 days ago
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Ayibobo!!! I am absolutely thrilled, honored, relieved, excited to report that our fundraising campaign for the Lakou Mizik - Tour 2017 has reached 50% of its goal. You know who you are who have made this all possible - we all can't thank you enough.

Also need to send a very special shout out to friends and Lakou fans Jon Bougher and Scott Mapes who each sent a second round of donations to bring this campaign past the 50% mark! From the whole Lakou Mizik family - THANK YOU! MESI ANPIL!

If we made it this far - I know we can make it across the $6,000 finish line!

With endless respect and appreciation. Zach and Lakou
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Update 6
Posted by Zach Niles
11 days ago
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Dear All - Greetings from Jacmel Haiti. Been spending days at the @artistsinstitute where Lakou Mizik recorded their first album and where Steeve Valcourt is still a professor - teaching young students how write, record and produce music - Have to keep that cultural fire burning!

We have been able to raise enough funds so far to pay for the visa applications - AND I'm happy to let you know that thanks to all of you who have donated and shard these messages - the band will be going in for their Visa interviews next week - keeping our finger's crossed that this always stressful exercise goes smoothly.

Once we get the visas (again, finger's crossed) the next step is to pay for flights. We still need your help to raise another $3000+ to make this happen. Want to thank you in advance for any generosity you're able to share.

We're excited to make moments like this one happen again... The band dancing the night away with young fans at the Feast and Field Farmers Market in Barnard Vermont. (photo courtesy of Seth Butler).

Thank you!
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Update 5
Posted by Zach Niles
14 days ago
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Hi there friends! My apologies (or should I say "you're welcome") for my lack of updates recently. Have just arrived back in Haiti and spending some days with the band while they rehearse for the tour. Also got to meet the newest addition to the Lakou family - Steeve Valcourt's little baby Ana!

The band is sounding great and extremely excited for the tour - and so thankful for all the help so far. In two weeks we've almost reached a halfway point of $3000! So many people to thank for this! Please help us to continue to spread the word - I'm sure with all your support, we'll get there.

Than you! Mesi Anpil.
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Update 4
Posted by Zach Niles
21 days ago
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Wow - With a few last minute donations before midnight last night - we cruised past $1,000 raised in the first week! We are getting close to having the costs of visas covered. Thank you!

When Lakou Mizik tours - they don't just play festivals and clubs - they bring their music to local schools and community centers - teaching, singing and dancing with people from all backgrounds and of all ages. These workshops are just as important as the shows in breaking down walls and creating a connection. On the upcoming spring tour we have workshops planned in North Haven ME, Burlington VT, Williams College in MA and Duke University in NC.

Thanks for helping to make it happen!
Lakou School Visit
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$3,270 of $6,000 goal

Raised by 36 people in 28 days
Created February 25, 2017
TG
$100
Thomas Garaventi
1 day ago
CR
$10
Claire Remington
9 days ago
$50
Rebekah Stone
10 days ago
JF
$25
Joan and Brad Furchgott/Sourdiffe
10 days ago
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1
$50
Doreen Kraft
10 days ago
1
1
$25
Anonymous
10 days ago
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1
SM
$100
Scott Mapes
10 days ago
1
1
JB
$100
Jon Bougher
10 days ago
MC
$100
Missy Cunningham
14 days ago
BG
$100
Bo Gibbs
15 days ago
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2

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