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Emeline Michel, the 'Queen of Haitian Song'

They call her the "queen of Haitian song" -- the voice of Emeline Michel conjurs visions of beaches with lapping surf, and the brown faces of the people of her homeland.

Her music intertwines the roots of Haitian music with political and social themes aimed at delivering a message to her audience. She talks about both her music, her new CD Rasin Kreyol, and her message with reporter Allison Keyes.

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Allison Keyes is an award-winning journalist with almost 20 years of experience in print, radio, and television. She has been reporting for NPR's national desk since October 2005. Her reports can be heard on Morning Edition, All Things Considered, and Weekend Edition Sunday.
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