African Voodoo beat. Powerful and funky, warm and emotional.

Sweden’s “blue-eyed Haitians”, SIMBI, serve up "vodou-beat" sung in Creole.

Simbi’s soulful dance music is inspired by the Haitian roots music (mizik rasinn) the 9-man strong band learned first-hand in Port-au-Prince and in the Haitian countryside. It’s a declaration of love for this generous culture that allows a free flow of influences ranging from West African pop, afrofunk, jazz, and Caribbean dance music.

In 2012, Simbi invited Sanba Zao over to Sweden and this fusion of talents treated audiences to amazing concerts that led to extensive tours in Sweden in the years that followed.

Zao is a pioneer within Haitian roots music and when he comes together with Simbi, you get a particularly fortunate musical encounter characterized by mutual respect.

Their repertoire consists of Zao’s own compositions, Simbi’s material and traditional Haitian songs. All this will be coming together on Simbi’s upcoming fourth album release in 2016.

SIMBI has toured and performed on venues of all sizes, at schools, clubs and festivals in Benin, Canada, France, Haiti, Sweden and the US. They have three critically acclaimed albums to their name as well: “Vodou Beat” (1993), “Kreol” (1996) and “Kalalou” (2003).

Group members

Lotta Sjölin Cederblom: sång
Sten Källman: saxofon
Johan Ohlsson: keyboard, dragspel
Klas Nilsson: trumpet
Markus Ahlberg: trombon
Mats Eriksson: gitarr
Per Svenner: trummor
Stefan Bergman: bas
Rubens Millet Herrera: congas