LargeUp Premiere: Rebel Layonn’s “Lanmou Djaye” Video

Words by Jesse Serwer, Photos by Christopher L. Mitchell

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Reggae’s popularity in Haiti is growing, and one of the most visible and popular figures pushing the genre forward there is Rebel Layonn.

When he’s not putting a Kreyol spin on Jamaican music, Rebel works as the creative director for Life is Good Playmakers Ayiti, a non-profit which helps children cope with life-altering traumas. The singer’s mission is all about spreading positivity, and that’s the theme of “Lanmou Djaye,” a single from his recently released album, Misyon. Layonn tapped photographer, videographer and LargeUp contributor Christopher L. Mitchell to direct his video for “Lanmou Djaye,” which was shot over a period of months between Port-au-Prince and Jacmel, Haiti. The clip illustrates the song’s message of  love and compassion by illustrating random acts of kindness amongst neighbors. It’s essentially a PSA for how to live righteously.

Watch the video, and look out for more Haiti content from Mitchell in his new Kreyol Chronicles series.

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