The Legacy Of Mikaben, The Haitian Artist Who Tragically Died From Heart Attack Onstage

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Michail Benjamin was born on June 27th, 1981, as the son of famous singer Lionel Benjamin. He was the youngest of three children and spent his entire adolescence surrounded by music. His father, Lionel Benjamin, was said to have passed on the world’s fourth art to him. Michal decided to pursue a musical career when he was 16 years old. He preferred to follow in his father’s footsteps, who recently celebrated 50 years in the music industry.

As a child, I didn’t have to think about making music. It came to me automatically, thanks to my father, who influenced me a lot. In fact, of the three children in the family, I was the most curious about music, without thinking about a career. Until the age of 16, when I composed “Forever Mine”, which is on my first album. Encouraged by my family, who were very surprised at the time, followed “Ou pati” and “Nwèl tristès”. It was at that moment that I finally understood that I had the talent and that I had to continue to explore it. That’s when I started to project myself into the future. I could already see myself in 10 or 20 years as a superstar,” he confided in an interview with the newspaper Le Nouvelliste.

After twenty-two years of a successful career, the artist died on October 15, last year, at the Accor Arena in Paris, of a terrible heart attack.

The emergence of this young musical prodigy in the early 2000s was witnessed by the entire generation of the time. It is said that his works continue to animate the hearts of people of all ages, including children, teenagers, adults, and the elderly.

Let’s go back to 1999: the great beginnings

In 1999, he competed in a singing contest hosted by a local television station, Télémax, during the Christmas season. When the young singer-songwriter took the stage for the first time, his audience adored him. He charmed his audience with the title “Nwèl tritès,” which always reminds us of our society’s fundamental values. He knew how to captivate his audience and discover his true calling in life: music. It didn’t take him long to prove himself to everyone.


20 years of career: legacy

Krezi Mizik, the former singer of the group compas, celebrated his 22nd year in the music industry this year. During this time, he has released four solo albums and an EP, in addition to his album with Krezi Mizik and various collaborations with other artists. Among his most well-known musical projects are “Vwayaj” in 2000, “Mika” in 2004, “Atis lokal yo pap janm lage” in 2010, and “MKBN” in 2018. Mikaben has only worked with Krezi Mizik on one album, “Ayiti san manti,” which was released in 2006.

Among all of the artist’s works, here are some of the best hits that crowned his career’s success.

– Nwèl tristès

Although he has had great moments throughout his career, his true breakthrough came with his first album, “Vwayaj,” in the 2000s. However, the artist rose to prominence after releasing his Christmas hit “Nwèl tristès” with his sister Mélodie in 1999. This song is still considered a classic today, despite being released more than 20 years ago.

– Ou pati

Ou pati“, is also a hit that appeared on his first solo album. This song remains one of Mikaben’s most popular songs. It is also the real hit of this album, especially, the one that propelled his solo career.

– Loving my life

Loving my life” is a production of the beatmaker Power Surge released in 2008. Once again, this song confirmed Mikaben’s versatility as a leading artist. Sung entirely in English, this song proved to the general public that Mika could perform in almost any musical genre. It was one of the reasons he left the musical group Krezi Mizik in 2009 to continue exploring other musical styles.

I will continue to write songs. Besides, “Fè lapli” is that I can still offer good work to the public. In a few days, this song became popular everywhere. This year, I celebrate my 20 years of career and 40 years of existence, and I intend to release many personal projects, but also produce new artists via my label “Kon’Beat” that I created in 2010, ” he explained in the newspaper.

– N’ap kite l pou yo

Mikaben abandons Krezi Mizik in 2009, and offers to the general public a new hit with rap tendencies entitled “N’ap kite l pou yo“. The latter has fueled much debate in the Haitian music community. Some even believed that through this song, Mikaben wanted to say that he had left the compas to devote himself to rap.

If we were to list all of Mikaben’s successes and contribution to music, we would not finish. Over the course of his career, he has written more than 150 musical hits, both for his projects and for other artists. Mikaben has also collaborated with several Haitian artists and musical groups. The artist’s imprint can be found throughout many of the works of the most popular musical groups and artists in the Haitian music industry.



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