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Michael Brun & Friends
Michaël Brun spent his childhood on the sun-drenched Caribbean island of Haïti. Born to a Haïtian father and Guyanese mother who loved music, Brun’s influences stretched from the
percussion-heavy Rara and Afro-groove music of his native Haïti, the dancehall and reggaeton soundsystem parties of Port-au-Prince, through to Hip-hop and RnB. He played guitar and piano from a young age, and took up DJing and music production as a hobby at 16 after winning a full scholarship to attend military school in the US, then going on to study Pre-Med at Davidson College.

Today Michaël, the Grammy winning producer and artist, has become the face of a new generation of Haïtians, bridging the gap between his homeland and the resurgent global music movement. His passion and commitment to changing the narrative of Haïti, and elevating its people through culture and music have seen him tour the world, collab with superstars like J Balvin, Win Butler and Mr. Eazi, sell out multiple headlining US tours and notch up tens of millions of streams across singles and acclaimed projects like his debut album, Lokal and last year’s Melanin EP.

Michaël now sits at the nexus of global music trends, as a Haïtian its a natural position, his country has long sat in the apex of movements between Africa, Europe and the Americas. Linking the contemporary sounds of these regions through his own lens, Michaël is working with artists pushing global boundaries; Benin’s Shirazee, Nigeria’s Kah-Lo, Spanish star Ms Nina, Djiboutian-Canadian singer-songwriter Shay Lia, Dominican rapper Fuego, and a new generation of Haitian talent like J. Perry, Naïka and Gardy Girault.

Brun’s non-profit work in Haïti is an ongoing focus of his, and has seen him produce and host the Wherever I Go festival in Haïti, sit on the board of Paul Haggis’ Artists for Peace and Justice, and serve as the face of the Emmy winning Beatmaking Lab Program among other initiatives.

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