Thursday, May 16, 2013

Female rappers in Haiti find their voice

Eunide Edouarin, aka Princess Eud, is relatively small but she commands attention, her voice strong but easy, a sly smile spreading across her face.

"I just got out of my head any notion that girls don't rap or whatever, and I did what I needed to do," says Princess Eud.

She grew up in a poor neighborhood on a hillside overlooking Port-au-Prince. She was one of seven children. She sang in church, and then joined a neighborhood rap group, followed by several bands including the group Mystik 703. Then she went solo, pairing up mostly with fellow 703 member, Ded Krezi.

Her growing fame at home led to invitations to play overseas, in Cuba and Japan. No matter that she raps in Creole.

Eud is now working on her first solo album, combining rap with a variety of other styles, to show off her range.

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