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Pwezi ak Mizik Anba Tonèl 2016

10.03.16

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For the 6th edition of our annual literary event “Pwezi ak Mizik Anba Tonèl” we were pleased to host the legendary musician Boulo Valcourt and poets Jeanie Bogart and James Noël. Boulo Valcourt holds an important place in the Haitian music scene and culture. He participated in various music bands, including Ibo Combo and Caribbean Sextet, and is well known for his contribution to Haiti’s “twoubadou” music genre. Jeanie Bogart grew up in the Southern Haitian city of Les Cayes before moving to New York. As a Creole and French court interpreter, Bogart witnesses difficult court trials, yet her poetry is full of passion and love. James Noël, who joined us from Port-au-Prince, is a prolific poet whose career is widely celebrated. He is very active in the literary scene of Haiti and often participates in international literary events.

The evening started with an open-mic for poets in the audience, which was a fitting tone for this evening filled with impromptu performances, street dancing, and community residents from our Crown Heights neighborhood. They were followed by Boulo Valcourt whose lovely guitar set the mood for James Noël and Jeanie Bogart. Noël’s touching tribute to the late Haitian drummer Léonord Fortuné ‘Azor’ and Bogart’s passionate love lyrics motivated our guests to rush and buy copies of their anthologies after the show. It felt like the perfect end-of-summer event. In the final moments, Boulo Valcourt’s nostalgic sounds for the famous song “La Pèsonn O” had the crowd chanting together with the musician as they wished farewell to the warm season.

Please enjoy pictures of the performance below by Paul Corbanese:
https://www.facebook.com/paul.corbanese/media_set?set=a.1415123475182344.1073741829.100000541148602&type=3&pnref=story

Event covered by Adolf Azuphar on Rhythm Passport: http://www.rhythmpassport.com/articles-and-reviews/event-review/review-boulo-valcourt-five-myles-gallery-brooklyn-27th-august-2016/

Event covered by Tequila Minsky on Caribbean Life: http://www.caribbeanlifenews.com/stories/2016/9/2016-09-02-tm-haitian-sidewalk-soiree-cl.html?utm_medium=web&utm_campaign=misclinks&utm_source=newsbar&utm_content=intra

James Noël’s books :
Anthologie de la Poésie Haïtienne
Intranqu’îllités
Le Pyromane Adolescent
Un jour… tes pantoufles

Jeanie Bogart’s books :
Sa m pral kite dèyè
Dènye rèl- DVD

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Selebrasyon! Closing Night | Haitian Flavor X Brooklyn Flow Thursday, June 30th

06.08.16

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Join Haiti Cultural Exchange for Selebrasyon! Closing Night | Haitian Flavor X Brooklyn Flow, a unique culinary experience presenting the diversity of Haitian fare to New York City. Ten food & beverage vendors will provide samples of their products, followed by two featured chefs who will serve plates of their innovative Haitian cuisine. The event will also feature live music by Val Jeanty and a dynamic afrohouse DJ set by Sabine Blaizin.

This festive culinary experience is the culminating event of Selebrasyon!, New York City’s only festival dedicated to presenting the best of Haitian Arts & Culture. All proceeds from the event will go toward Haiti Cultural Exchange’s Cultural Engagement, Arts Presentation, and Artist Development programs and activities. 

Click here to learn more about Selebrasyon! 2016.

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Limited availability ticket levels are also currently on sale. The Libete Package includes a Libete/Freedom T-shirt (pictured above), The Agronomist DVD, and a Haiti Film Fest Tote Bag along with entry to the event and drink tickets. The Artwork and Admission level includes an original artwork by a Haitian Diaspora, also with entry to the event and drink tickets.

Additional artworks will be available for sale at the event.

Thank you to our venue sponsor, Berg’n, the Crown Heights beer hall from the founders of Brooklyn Flea and Smorgasburg.

DATE/TIME: Thursday, June 30th | 6-11pm
LOCATION: Berg’n | MAP
899 Bergen St. | Brooklyn, NY 11238
ADMISSION: Click here to purchase tickets!
General Admission: $35
Libete! Package & Admission: $65
Artwork & Admission: $125

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Selebrasyon! | Lakou NOU + Mizik Ayiti : Thursday, June 23rd

05.14.16

Mizik Ayiti at Pioneer Works

Meet the artists of Lakou NOU at Mizik Ayiti! an evening of Haitian music and dance in Red Hook’s premiere arts space. Presented in collaboration with Pioneer Works, Clocktower Radio, & Radyo Shak.

On the night of Mizik Ayiti, Clocktower Radio releases a cassette mixtape of archived Radyo Shak recordings from their pirate radio station during the Ghetto Biennale of Port-au-Prince. The recordings are in both English and Kreyol, and include snippets of slam poetry, traditional Haitian recipes, historical tales, interviews with biennale artists, Rara street festivals, twoubadou crooners, and all vinyl DJ sets.

In rural Haiti, the Lakou communal living system embodies the intersection of land, family, and spirituality. Lakou members develop reciprocal patterns of resource sharing and jointly work the land. Lakou NOU (“Our Yard: in Haitian Creole), HCX’s newest program, will provide four artists of Haitian descent with the opportunity to create and present new work by connecting their skills and talents to four traditionally under-served Brooklyn neighborhoods, home to generations of Haitians and Haitian-Americans: Crown Heights, Canarsie, East Flatbush, and Flatbush.

After receiving over 25 applications, the Selebrasyon! Advisory Committee chose the following four Lakou NOU Residents based on their demonstrated commitment to the Haitian community and their proven artistic excellence:

Lakou Nou bio picClick here to view the Selebrasyon! 2016 calendar of events!

DATE/TIME: Thursday, June 23rd | 7-10pm
LOCATION: Pioneer Works | MAP
159 Pioneer Street | Brooklyn, NY 11231
ADMISSION: $10 Suggested Donation

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Selebrasyon! | Haitian Flag Day : Wednesday, May 18th

04.20.16

Flag Day 2016 (3)

Join us as we celebrate Haitian Flag Day at Shapeshifter Lab featuring Gashford Guillaume & Creole Fusion Ensemble, Anie Alerte, & Baz Twoubadou. Presented in collaboration with Council Members Jumaane Williams & Brad Lander.

About the artists:

Gashford Guillaume

Gashford Guillaume & Creole Fusion Ensemble

Gashford Guillaume lives in a legacy of music. A music maker for over twenty years, his finely tuned drumming and song writing style has opened a new chapter in world music – a style that fuses traditional Haitian rhythms with the smooth, syncopated beats of one of the world’s most beloved art forms: Jazz. He is currently a member and co-founder of “Mozayik” which is an Afro-Haitian jazz ensemble based in NYC and “Creole Fusion Ensemble”, a band that allows him to further express his musical influences and style.

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Anie Alerte

Anie Alerte

Singer Anie Alert Joseph, was born in Haiti and made her musical debut at the age of 6 in the Adventist Church. She has participated and gained recognition at numerous talent arenas throughout the Caribbean such as Digicel Stars, for which she won 2nd place. She has worked with many musical legends such as Fabrice Rouzier, Emeline Michel, and James Germain. She is currently recording an album, not yet titled. Her first single is expected out in spring 2016.

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Baz Troubadou

Baz Twoubadou

Baz Twoubadou is a NYC & Connecticut based Haitian band. Twoubadou is a style of Haitian music that uses acoustic instruments such as acoustic guitar, accordion, tanbou (Haitian drum), tcha tcha (maracas), Maniba (large lamellophone) and scrapper. Its sound is a combination of guajiro traditions of Cuba and the Haitian Meringue. Baz Twoubadou blends the traditional sounds of twoubadou with modern instruments and arrangements.

Click here to learn more about Selebrasyon! 2016.

DATE/TIME: Wednesday, May 18th | 6 – 10pm
LOCATION: ShapeshifterLab | MAP
18 Whitwell Place | Brooklyn, NY 11215

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