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The mix of rhythms, languages and instruments on 'Haiti Song Summit is unified by messages / Pasadena Weekly

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A stirring collaboration featuring Jackson Browne, Malian guitarist Habib Koité, Jenny Lewis, flamenco guitarist Raúl Rodríguez, The Head and the Heart's Jonathan Russell, Jonathan Wilson, and members of versatile Haitian roots band Lakou Mizik. Recording under Artists for Peace and Justice's banner, the fluid mix of rhythms, languages and instruments is unified by messages of peace and community. An adaptation of traditional Haitian vodou song "Lapé, Lanmou" transcends borders with a full company of artists exchanging solos and choral responses, while Russell's high, eerie harmony elevates Browne's hopeful "Love is Love." Other highlights: Russell's "Saving Grace," Rodríguez's beautifully played "El Viajero." 

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