In Haiti you will hear and watch music from Barikad Crew’s album on an almost 24hour basis on the radio and television.
Young people from all over the country are swarming to the scene of the horrific accident which took the lives of 5 people, including 3 members of the Barikad Crew, the most popular rap group in Haiti with record album sales, and a very loyal following.
In the seaside neighborhood of Carrefour, there were reports of young people attempting to throw themselves to the sea in desperation caused by the loss of the members of this group who meant so much to them. The fiancée of the lead member, Papa Katafal, who was several months pregnant has already committed suicide, and the mother of another goup member is reportedly hospitalized and undergoing medical treatment due to the shock of hearing of her son’s death.
This accident is reverberating throughout Haiti, a country where hopes are easily dashed, and promises often broken. The Barikad Crew who had many plans, and were set to soon visit the Unites States, were believed to be the ones who would finally bring Kreyol Hip-Hop to the masses. Discussion groups on dozens of Haitian websites are full of nothing but expressions of shock and condolences.
Even though the car and the bodies have been removed, that does nothing to prevent fans and curiosity seekers from going to Route Aeroport to take a peek. They are coming in droves to reflect, ask questions, and pay their last respects to a music group that gave them hope.
As a HipHop Kreyol ambassador, I had a good spirit that BarikadCrew was gonna put this movement back in the map since the late great King Posse.
My heart goes to them. I hope this doesn't kill the movement.
My condolences to all family memebrs and all supporters.