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Now in its second year, HCX presented the up-tempo band Brother High for the first Mizik Ayiti! summer concert of 2013. Presented in collaboration with FAB Alliance as part of Make Music NY, which occurs annually on the summer solstice, June 21st. Cuyler Gore Park in Fort-Greene, Brooklyn was a pleasant setting for an afternoon of music, children’s activities and community.
Brother High opened the concert with their infectious RARA music, which is typically played during Easter week in Haiti and features a combination of drums, metal trumpets & bamboo horns. Children and adults joined in on the procession led by a large multi-colored flag and danced throughout the park, flowing to the rhythms of the musicians, over chalk drawings and between hula hoopers. A dazzling display of summer celebration! It was a hot day, the longest of the year, but the vibe created by Brother High set the tone for the remainder of the evening’s concerts, which included a rock band, funk group, and ended with the powerful sound of the Afro-Brazilian drums led by the all female troupe BATALA.
The Mizik Ayiti! Summer Concert Series was conceived as a platform for musicians of all genres to perform in NYC. Often featuring musicians who may not have many opportunities to perform, the series occurs annually during the summer months.
Our next concert will take place on Saturday, July 20th and will feature guitarists Tit Pascal & Talie Cerin at FiveMyles Gallery. Click here for more information.
By Régine M. Roumain
Executive Director, Haiti Cultural Exchange
Cumbe: Center for African and Diaspora Dance & Haiti Cultural Exchange present a special Contemporary Haitian dance class with choreographer and dancer Jean-René Delsoin.
One Moore Book is a publisher and distributor of culturally sensitive children’s literature. Please join us as we celebrate the launch of The Haiti Series–a collection of six stories that feature the vibrant culture and people of The Republic of Haiti.
The launch event will be an art exhibition of the work of artist Edouard Duval Carrié. The exhibited panels are also featured in Edwidge Danticat’s second children’s book, The Last Mapou, which will be published in this series.
The evening will host live music by Haitian musician Obed Jean-Louis who combines Haitian folk twobadou and roots sounds to create original soulful music that speaks to the world.
Each ticket sold will pay for the purchase and shipping of one book to a child in Haiti through a partnership with the LitWorld Organization. A portion of the proceeds will also benefit Haiti Cultural Exchange, a Brooklyn-based nonprofit organization established to develop, present and promote the cultural expressions of the Haitian people.
Come out and enjoy a night of Haitian music, literature and art.
Open Wine Bar & live music by Obed Jean-Louis
To learn more about LitWorld, please visit their website at www.litworld.org.
WHERE: Space on White
81 White Street Google Map
New York, NY 10013
DATE/TIME: Saturday January 26th, 6-10pm
$40 Admission (Includes one book to take home and one book to be donated to the LitWorld organization)
For more information and to purchase tickets, please visit OneMooreBookHaiti.eventbrite.com.
Edouard Duval-Carrié is the returning brother. Having relocated to Puerto Rico very young and returned back to Haiti at the formative age of 15, he was immediately impressed by the cultural production of Haiti and became quickly enthralled in discovering Haiti’s visual art.