“In one word, describe Zing Experience and what the band means to you.” That was the question my partner Natalia and I asked fans who came to see Zing perform during their album release party at Webster Hall, a couple of weeks ago. The answers were all very different and special in their own way. “Roots,” said Regine, founder of Haiti Cultural Exchange and long time supporter of Zing Experience and the Beaubrun family. “Unique,” added an older gentleman. “Original” muttered model, Ania Charlot. “The whole band is an experience. Zing is formed by a beautiful couple who by most seem so different from each other, but they’re able to come together and work so well together.” Adam of Peace Tones told us. It was interesting listening to all of the words the public used to describe a Haitian influenced roots/racine band formed by a Haitian man and his Filipina wife in New York City.
Paul Beaubrun is continuing his family’s tradition here in the big city of dreams. He is the son of Lolo and Manze Beaubrun who founded one of Haiti’s most respected roots bands, Boukman Eksperyans. His grand-father was also Haiti’s most loved comedian, Theodore Beaubrun, best known as Languichatte Debordus. Paul loves speaking about roots music. To him, roots is everything. It is very obvious because his performances is always full of passion and love for his country, Haiti.
Paul and his wife know how to put on a great show. Zing Experience is a fusion of different genres of music. It’s influenced greatly by Paul’s Haitian culture, but there’s some rock, reggae, and African sounds to a lot of their songs. The songs also all hold a positive message to them.
Cynthia is an amazing dancer. She usually leads some dance routines throughout the shows with the help of some friends. That night, I got to see Soukena break it down Haitian style for us on stage. It seems that everyone was feeling the vibe. Everyone was shouting, dancing, sweating, and having a great time.
I had the chance to interview the couple, and was able to get some good footage of the concert. Stay tuned for the video, and let me know what you think of the first episode of the Finding Paola web series! Ayibobo!