Join us in person at The Clarice! Please note that this performance will not be livestreamed.
The Haitian-raised, French-based priestess of voodoo blues rock pulls no punches in her latest single, epi, with a straight-for-the-jugular, guitar-licked homage to Haiti evoking an Afro-energized Black Keys meets Dr. John. Singing in Haitian Creole and French, UK’s The Guardian says, “Benjamin sounds thrilling, thoughtful, and, at times, downright spooky... like a Caribbean Patti Smith.”
She grew up in a protestant orphanage in Port-au-Prince, learning how to sing at church. But she quickly left church songs and gospel behind to pursue her original culture. After experimenting with jazz and world music, she finally found her own unique musical style: a powerful and original fusion between Caribbean voodoo melodies and rhythms and 70's blues rock.
This event is part of the Visiting Artist Series. The Clarice's Visiting Artist Series features regional, national and international artists who visit the University of Maryland for performances and other activities. Beyond the stunning work these artists bring to the stage, they are also committed to extensive engagement that creates exciting connections with students and the community. During her time at UMD, Moonlight Benjamin will have engaged in:
- An informal lunchtime conversation with students in the College of Arts & Humanities, moderated by Dean Stephanie Shonekan
This performance is supported in part by the Maryland State Arts Council and The Morris & Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation.
Health + Safety
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