Moonlight Benjamin – Simido

Album Review | Ma Case | Review by Allan Wilkinson | Stars: 4/5

Haiti has long been associated with Voodoo and Moonlight Benjamin takes these things seriously. Now based in France, the Haitian singer doesn’t muck about with her sound, delivering a consistently gutsy and bluesy trance-like groove throughout, especially on such songs as “Salwe” with its driving beat and sneering guitar licks. Simido is Benjamin’s follow up to 2018’s Siltane and is once again dominated by her no nonsense tour de force vocal, each number written and performed in her native Creole language.

With some pretty consistent guitar riffing throughout, Simido is infused with a rock sensibility that falls somewhere between Classic Rock and Punk, with a little Desert Blues injected in all the right places. “Pasay” races through its three and a half minutes, taking no passengers, whilst “Belekou” smothers itself with an after hours feel of the dark side. With all the song lyrics written by Benjamin and musical arrangements composed in collaboration with Matthis Pascaud, Simido stands as a fine follow up to its predecessor.

Choice Track: Nap Chape (NSV 496)