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Bohio Music Album Release Party | Recap

04.27.19

BohioMusic-010On Friday, April 26 at ShapeShifter Lab, Haiti Cultural Exchange hosted Riva Nyri Précil and Monvelyno of Bohio Music who brought us their latest album ‘Ayiti Nan Kay La’ (Haiti in the House) for a special album premiere performance. The performance was an experience, meshing photography, video projections, music and dancing. Guests artists, dancers Peniel Guerrier, Agathina Nozy, and percussionist Markus Schwartz, joined Bohio Music for the celebration.

Video of Bohio Music performing “Fanm O” Live

BohioMusic-095Consisting of 17 original songs in Haitian Creole and English, each song on ‘Ayiti Nan Kay La’ is a combination of Haitian rhythms, traditional Haitian and African instruments, topped with electronic influences and conscious lyricism.

Click here to view photos.

Listen to ‘Ayiti Nan Kay La’ here + buy the album here [Spotify, iTunes, Amazon, CD Baby]

 

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Fèt Gede at Pioneer Works

10.11.18

hcx fet gedeHaiti Cultural Exchange and Pioneer Works dedicate a night to Haitian Vodou and the ancestral dead with a Fèt Gede.

Live DJ sets by Val Inc. and DJ Sabine, performances by Sheila Anozier and Okai, and a ceremony (10pm) led by houngan Jean-Daniel Lafontant.

Fèt Gede celebrates ancestors, death and life by venerating the pantheon of gede lwa (spirits) through music, dance, food and offerings.

The gede are said to be the liveliest of all the lwa, the polyrhythmic sounds and fast-paced movements of the dancers are used as further attractors for them to manifest themselves here in the realm of the living. Each and every sacred object and performance is an invitation for the gede to travel to this realm as well as to honor and celebrate them. The Vodou-inspired artworks included in the PÒTOPRENS exhibition currently on view at Pioneer Works highlight the extent to which the religious practice inspires and feeds Haiti’s artists. A fèt gede further highlights this link between Vodou and art by activating the object’s divinity.

Free! $10 suggested donation
Click here to RSVP.

DATE/TIME: Friday, November 2, 7PM-12AM
LOCATION: Pioneer Works | 159 Pioneer Street | Brooklyn, NY MAP
Take F/G trains to Smith-9th Street Station or B61 bus to King Street stop. Or take the NYC Ferry from South Brooklyn (SBK) to Red Hook/Atlantic Basin.

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Lakay se Lakay “Home Sweet Home” by Sabine Blaizin| Lakou NOU Recap

02.27.17

As a Lakou NOU artist in residence, Sabine Blaizin, DJ and community organizer, worked in the neighborhood of Crown Heights and focused on the impact of gentrification on its Haitian-American community.

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For the first part of her project, Sabine collaborated with Storycorps, an organization that broadcasts stories recorded between two participants as they interview each other. Those stories are then archived at the Library of Congress and made accessible to the public. Sabine reached out to current and past residents of Crown-Heights whom she hosted at Haiti Cultural Exchange with Storycorps, over Haitian tea and hors d’oeuvres generously donated by Grandchamps Restaurant.

The second part of Sabine’s project was an installation at FiveMyles Gallery in which she deconstructed elements of a traditional lakou to create an experimental atmosphere around the projection of pictures and sounds from the interviews recorded with Storycorps.

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An ephemeral cube made out of white draping, same as the garment worn by women during Vodoun ceremonies, served as the sacred space in which Sabine projected the stories of her interviewees. As you entered the cube, you could see colorful ribbons hanging from above, on strings woven through the wooden grid of the gallery’s ceiling. Within the cube, Mahalia Stines, a Brooklyn-based Vodoun priestess and long-time HCX collaborator, drew an intricate Erzulie Freda vèvè with pink cornmeal that contrasted well with the grey floor of FiveMyles gallery. Next to it, Sabine also placed a table adorned with objects usually found on Vodoun altars.

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On the day of this event, guests trickled into the gallery as Okai, another Lakou NOU artist in residence, played his drums. They ventured into the white space, absorbed the stories of Crown-Heights’ rapid gentrification and together seemed to apprehend and mourn the disappearance of Haitian culture exhibited within the cube.

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Haiti Film Fest 2017 Opening Night Fundraiser

02.06.17

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Join Haiti Cultural Exchange (HCX) and Friends for the Haiti Film Fest Opening Night Fundraiser, taking place on Thursday, May 11th at Alamo Drafthouse Cinema in Downtown Brooklyn. This celebratory event is the official launch party for the 4th Biennial installment of Haiti Film Fest. Established in 2011, HCX’s Haiti Film Fest highlights emerging talent in Haitian communities, and features provocative and innovative storytelling via narrative films, documentaries, feature-length projects and short films that depict the diversity, depth and vibrant spirit of contemporary Haitian cinema.

The evening will also be dedicated to honoring the following individuals who have made significant contributions to Haitian film and culture:

Arnold Antonin, Award-winning Film Director

Jimmy Jean-Louis, Celebrated Film and Television Actor

Rachelle Salnave, Filmmaker and Founder of Ayiti Images

More information can be found here

 

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