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Moonlight Benjamin

Moonlight Benjamin was born in 1971 in Haiti and grew up in an Protestant orphanage, learning how to sing at church. Born in Port-au-Prince in 1971, Moonlight was named by the minister who adopted her after her mother died in childbirth.

"I had a desire for music and after a few years in a Protestant orphanage, I felt the need to go back to my original culture. The practice of singing in church was not enough for me anymore. I felt away from my culture and I had to confront myself, meet the strength of the earth, the strength of my country, this age-old strength that makes Haiti.''

In 2018, 12 years after she began her world music artist career and created 2 albums, Moonlight Benjamin released a new personal project and a third album, Siltane, focused on a more electric music, supported by jazz-rock guitarist and arranger Matthis Pascaud.

"Some Haitian voodoo inspired by the Black Keys or The White Stripes..."

Her music is inspired by the powerful and original fusion between the Caribbean voodoo melodies and rhythms and the 70's US blues rock. The shock between Moonlight's powerful and rebellious voice and the tension of saturated guitars creates a voodoo trance in a new and explosive style.

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