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2019 Lakou NOU | KONÈKTIF by Jonathan Michel


Jonathan Michel (East Flatbush) is a Haitian-American bassist, composer and arranger. Along with his work on the local Philadelphia and New York scenes, Jon has spent much of the past few years touring and serving residencies around the world. Born in the USA to Haitian Immigrant parents, he has spent time studying Black American, Western Classical and African music. Jon describes his voice as an exploration between cultures, technique and tradition. While each musical opportunity presents unique challenges, goals and lessons, his aim remains the same: to honor the masters of the music and to share his Haitian culture.  

In 1977 after getting married, Jonathan Michel’s parents Joseph and Marie moved into an apartment on Crown St and Utica Ave. 40 years later, shortly after getting married, Jon and his wife moved into an apartment on Rutland Rd and Troy Ave, unknowingly  just a few blocks from where his parents began their family life.  

“My goal in this residency to to inform and educate myself and others about our roots in EF as Haitian Americans, as well as to show the elders that we are a continuation of their work.” 

Through his Lakou NOU project, Michel will explore the roots of the Haitian community in EF through personal connection and the experiences of EF residents. Konèktif will open the dialogue between generations and help unlock the potential that dialogue can bring towards strengthening our community. 

Konèktif will activate East Flatbush as a site for intergenerational relationship building through outdoor performances, conversations and folk music shared by Haitian elders, and a public performance of community archived Haitian music and song shared by an intergenerational band comprised of professional musicians and East Flatbush community members. 

If you are interested in participating in Konèktif, please contact Jonathan Michel at jonmichelmusic [at] 

Stay tuned for upcoming Konèktif event dates!

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May 17 | Haitian Flag Day Celebration


Flag Day Flyer 2019

Join Haiti Cultural Exchange in celebration of Haitian Flag Day hosted by Assemblymember Rodneyse Bichotte, featuring dance and musical performance by Prince Guetjens & Friends. Catered by Kombit Restaurant.

Friday, May 17, 6:30PM | Doors open at 5:30PM
Brooklyn Commons | 495 Flatbush Avenue | Brooklyn, New York | MAP  

$10 Suggested Donation

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Save the Date | PÒTOPRENS: The Urban Artists of Port-au-Prince Closing Night


Screen Shot 2018-10-24 at 9.57.28 PMClosing night of PÒTOPRENS: The Urban Artists of Port-au-Prince will celebrate the final viewing of this dynamic exhibition with a DJ set by Haiti-based rara tech DJ Gardy Girault, performances by Sheila Anozier, Tiga Jean-Baptiste
and other special guests.

Stay tuned for more details!
PÒTOPRENS: The Urban Artists of Port-au-Prince brings together the work of over 25 artists working in the Haitian capital. Co-curated by Haitian-American artist and curator Edouard Duval-Carrié and British artist and curator Leah Gordon.

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Fèt Gede at Pioneer Works


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
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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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