SIMBI vodou beat African music with inspiration from Haiti. Powerful, funky and warmly emotional.
SIMBI is a creole-singing 9-man band that plays "vodou-beat", the only one of its kind. Simbi creates soulful dance music, modern and original, inspired by the Haitian roots music (mizik rasinn) the band has learned on location in Port-au-Prince and in the Haitian countryside. SIMBI's music is a declaration of love for this culture and lets the influences cross between West African pop, Afrofunk, jazz and Caribbean dance music.
SIMBI has been around for a long time, touring and playing on big and small stages, in schools and clubs around the world; Sweden, Haiti, Benin, USA, France, Canada and they have made three critically acclaimed albums "Vodou Beat" (93), "Kreol" (96) and "Kalalou" (03). SIMBI will release their fourth album in 2016. In Haiti, SIMBI is called "the blue-eyed Haitians" for the respect the band enjoys for its interest and knowledge of Haitian music. SIMBI has long collaborated with Haiti's leading roots band, Boukman Eksperyans. In May 2007, the band was last in Haiti to participate in an international roots music festival in Jakmel on the south coast of Haiti. After some acclaimed concerts with the Haitian voodoo musician Sanba Zao in 2012, Simbi has an ongoing collaboration with him which is manifested in the ongoing record project and tours.