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Transmission of Memory – by Keylah Mellon, HCX Communications & Outreach Intern

10.21.15

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Haiti has a long history of forgetting. Or should I say erasing? Part of what it means to move forward, however, is to understand our past. HCX is highlighting a couple of institutions that have taken on the task of reminding the Haitian people of their past, the adversities they’ve triumphed over, and the consequences of our actions as a people in order to create avenues for remembrance: an opportunity to understand our current condition as a Nation. In a way, the following organizations are offering us ways of moving forward — should we choose to. We applaud and value their efforts.

Akoustik Prod

Akoustik Prod. is a cultural association created 2010, with the mission to actively contribute to the development and the promotion of Haitian art, culture and tradition. They host Krik Krak Festival, a program that was created to allow Haitians to return to traditional values ​​and have a better understanding of their culture. Participants have the opportunity to discover or rediscover, traditional songs, stories, dances and games.

CIDIHCA

CIDIHCA is a a documentation center in Montreal that provides documentation on Haiti and on the African diasporas to as wide an audience as possible. CIDIHCA has become a place of reference. The CIDIHCA library has assembled a substantial body of magazines, newspapers and documents. The CIDIHCA also has a video library , a large collection of microfilms on the history of Haiti and an important collection of Haitian literature accessible to researchers and students. The CIDIHCA is working to build a sound library music (popular and scholarly) produced in Haiti and in the diaspora .

FOKAL

Created in 1995, the Fondation Connaissance et Liberté / Fondasyon Konesans Ak Libète (Foundation for Knowledge and Liberty), is a well recognized national foundation supported mainly by Open Society Foundations, OSF, a world wide network of foundations and initiatives created by philanthropist George Soros for the promotion of democratic values. FOKAL also receives support from the European Union and the French cooperation. The Foundation offers to local communities throughout the country and to organizations of civil society a large spectrum of activities in the fields of education, arts and culture and development.

Fondation Mémoire

Fondation Mémoire is dedicated to the preservation of the culture and heritage of Haiti. They assist in the identification, preservation and maintenance of significant artifacts of the Haitian national heritage, encompassing documents, artifacts, monuments, sites, persons, and historical figures.

Haiti Devoir de Mémoire  

Fordi9 is intended to introduce Fort-Dimanche, the most infamous political prison in Haiti during the Duvalier’s era (1957 – 1986). The organization aims to immortalize in its Chronicle, the thousands who suffered, were victimized and perished during the repressive regime.

Haiti Lutte Contre l’Impunité 

The project “Haiti fights against impunity”, conceived as a virtual library accessible on the Web, has a given mission to inform on the nature and scope of the system of impunity in Haiti. The project offers, particularly to the younger generations, documents based on real facts, events that took place in Haiti, and whose analysis sheds light on the mechanisms and forms of impunity since the rise of the Duvalier regime in 1957 until today.

The Jean Dominique Archives

The Radio Haiti Archive, housed in the Human Rights Archive at Duke University’s David M. Rubenstein Rare Book and Manuscript Library, is an invaluable resource for scholars, educators, and members of the public interested in twentieth-century Haitian politics, society, and culture. The project houses the preservation of the comprehensive archives of Radio Haïti-Inter, the voice of Haitian democracy from the station’s genesis in the 1960s to its closure in 2003.

The Toussaint Louverture Cultural Foundation

The Toussaint Louverture Cultural Foundation’s purposes are to promote Haitian culture, stimulate artistic creativity, and support Haitian cultural activities in Haiti and in the United States.

 

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A Summer EXPERIENCE to Remember – by Yushabel Lubrun, Brooklyn Youth Fellow

10.14.15

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HCX’s 4th annual summer concert series Mizik Ayiti! concluded with a bang on Thursday, September 2nd, as participants got a chance to get their pre-labor day jam on with the amazing talent of Earthman Experience, and Paul Beaubrun with Zing Experience at DROM in New York city.

As guests made their way to the event, they were treated to an impromptu performance of traditional rara music , setting the mood for the evening. DJ Hard Hitting Harry followed suit with his afro-beat/house playlist. He was later joined by the other members of Earthman Experience, presenting selections that were both spiritual and electrifying. Richard “Earthman” Laurent, his daughter Soleil Laurent and others presented selections which included “Climbing To The Sky”, “Fighting For Life”, and “Bang For Freedom”.

The evening culminated with Paul Beaubrun and Zing Experience. Paul captivated the audience with his rich vocals and his stellar guitar playing. Listeners were blown away with classic pieces such as “Ma Woule”, “Ezili”, and a crowd favorite “Ayizan”. It was truly an experience listening and dancing to the music – a perfect blend between mizik rasin, reggae and rock.

We thank all those who were able to make it out to our final Mizik Ayiti event of 2015!. We hope that you were able to jam with us this summer. Until next year!

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Pwezi ak Mizik Anba Tonèl – by Keylah Mellon, HCX Communications & Outreach Intern

09.09.15

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The Kreyòl language has the imagination of a child: limitless. It paints everything vividly, musically and is full of emotion. It holds nothing back.

For our fifth annual Pwezi ak Mizik anba Tonèl, we paid homage to the poets that showed us the limitlessness of our mother tongue: Jòj Castra, Lionèl Trouyo, Jean Pierre Richard Narcisse…

After a great introduction by Wynnie Lamour, Director of the Haitian Creole Language Institute, the evening of inspired music and poetry  began with Andeyò: Drums & Chants from Rural Haiti with master drummers Jean Raymond “Sanba KebyesouGiglio, Zilibo, Markus Schwartz, and vocalist Geralda Dalestin.  A fitting and educational drumming set that took the HCX community back in time, to a period where Kreyòl was being brought to existence by the different African tribes transported to the island. Introducing each song with its historical background, the group taught us about the various rhythms so prominent in traditional Haitian music: Rada, Nago, Kongo and Banda.

The poets took the stage next. Delianov and Melissa Beauvery shook us with their readings of “M’ Gen Yon Kanmarad, Loray Kale” and some of their own writing. Schneider Laurent, with his own mash up of Franketienne, Georges Castera, Felix Morisseau Leroy, and many more, had us at the edge of our seats with a breathtaking theatrical performance.

The emotional intensity only escalated from there as pioneer of Kreyòl writing, poetry and literature, Jean Pierre Richard Narcisse came to the stage. He read a series of texts from the great Haitian poets and some of his own that extensively and intimately explored the various forms of basic emotions of human nature: anger, sadness, happiness… He then invited his wife and her endearing voice, Jasmine Narcisse, on stage to sing “Nan Katye Moren in accompaniment before ending his set in a powerful reading of an excerpt of his collection Recho etajè : Pa mande m’ poukisa m’bèt. The latter had our hearts in our throats and holding back tears.

The night ended on a melodious note with Pauline Jean and her band taking on beautiful, jazzy renditions of some of Haiti’s iconic tunes. Leaving the Shapeshifter Lab was a struggle, as we didn’t want her set to end.

Thank you to all that made this event as wonderful as it was and we can’t wait to bring you another event filled with what, in our opinion, runs through the veins of the world: art, rhythm and culture.

Thank you to our funders: ConEd, National Endowment for the Arts, the Department of Cultural Affairs and the New York State Council on the Arts.

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Krik? Krak! We Didn’t Want the Night to End – by Tassiana Larochelle, HCX Volunteer

08.05.15

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Saturday July 25th, was one of those deliberately beautiful summer afternoons that simply demanded acknowledgement. The sun was soft and bright, the air cool and crisp with ever so gentle and consistent breezes that dared you to roam indoors. Thus, it was the perfect day for the HCX community gathering outside of Five Myles Gallery in Crown Heights for Krik? Krak!: An Evening of Music and Stories, part of the HCX Mizik Ayiti Concert Series.

The afternoon began with Haitian folk stories read by singer and artist Riva Nyri Précil. The children in the audience sat memorized, watching the beautiful lady with her fairy godmother-like presence, tell tales of mystical proportions set in a far and away yet somewhat familiar land. Riva’s stunning voice gave life to the songs and refrains from the various folktales: Tezen, mon ami mwen-zen. Tezen nan dlo, mon ami mwen zen – the story of a magical fish and a young woman’s love, and Ensel Badyo, a Cinderella-like tale. Following the stories, kids and grownups alike, were treated to songs from Précil’s new album, Perle de Culture. Curious passers by found themselves drawn by her renditions of “Damballah“, “Se Bon” and “Twa Fey”. As some of us surrendered to the music, others communed over refreshments of Prestige, Cola LaCaye and assortments of Haitian “Patés”.

The highlight of the evening, however, came by way of musical tour-de-force, Wooly Saint Louis Jean. The humble, jovial, giant of an artist known for putting the works of Haitian poets, such as Georges Castera and Syto Cavé, to song had come to town and wanted to collaborate with HCX. Director Régine M. Roumain wasted no time and was absolutely psyched to host one of the artist’s rare performances stateside.

Wooly, along with his trusty guitar, performed subtle, tender and sometimes melancholic songs. Above all, we jammed with him in nostalgia, euphoria and most importantly dance. He sang works of his own and sang works of his friends, throwing in some classics as he sought fit, at one point, even pulling up his young and timid daughter for a sweet and poignant father-daughter performance.

Perhaps it was the warmth of the audience or the inquisitive nature of the new friends coming off the sidewalks to join our gathering. Some might say it was the gorgeous weather and mischievous setting of the sun over perfect acoustics or maybe the power of the artist collective. I say it was all this and a more. Whatever the case, we all recognized the magic of the moment and not one of us wanted it to end.

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