Selebrasyon! :: Film

La Rèn Solèy | U.S. Film Premiere & Live Musical Tribute to Martha Jean-Claude, Toto Bissainthe and Lumane Casimir

ren soley womenThe premiere screening of La Rèn Solèy, a film by Frantz Voltaire & Nitze Mathelier will include a post-screening discussion and live tribute performance with special female guest vocalists Riva Nyri Precil and Melanie J-B Charles accompanied by Buyu Ambroise & the Blues in Red Band.

La Rèn Solèy follows the history of legendary Haitian female musicians such as Lina Mathon Blanchet, Lumane Casimir, Emerante de Pradines, Martha Jean-Claude, and Toto Bissainthe.

Frantz Voltaire is the director of CIDIHCA, and information and documentation center for the Haitian, Caribbean, and Afro-Caribbean communities. He is also a historian and political scientist. Voltaire has worked on the realization of many documentaries including Pòtoprens Se Pam (1999) on the bicentennial of Port-au-Prince.

Riva PrecilAbout Riva Nyri Precil
Born in Brooklyn and raised in Haiti, Riva was exposed to traditional Haitian music and culture, which greatly influenced her eclectic music and fashion palette. A singer, songwriter, dancer, jeweler, and artist, Riva has performed in various Haitian art and music events. She is currently working on her debut solo album which will be a fusion of traditional Haitian songs, soul, R&B and jazz elements.

Melanie Candid Live shotAbout Melanie J-B Charles
Melanie J-B Charles is one of the most dynamic young voices of our time. A Haitian-American, Brooklyn native, singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, arranger & producer. Melanie is known widely for her jazz skill; her take on Haitian Rasin (Roots) sound has made her a tour-de-force at performances all over the world.

Buyu AmbroiseAbout Buyu Ambroise & the Blues in Red Band
Jazz saxophonist Buyu Ambroise imports the infectious rhythms of konpa with the iconic American jazz of John Coltrane and Wayne Shorter. The band’s improvisational spin on traditional Haitian polyrhythms weaves an exhilarating blend of experimental jazz harmonies and earworm solos on the bass, keyboard and drums.

DATE/TIME: Saturday, May 31st, 2014 / 7 – 10pm (Doors open at 6:30pm)
LOCATION: ShapeShifter Lab, 15 Whitwell Place, Brooklyn, NY 11215 Map
ADMISSION: Tickets are $15 in advance.


Vizaj Nou | U.S. Film Premiere

vizaj nou

Following the select screenings and discussion with filmmaker Gessica Généus, Sarah Dupuy will perform her take on folk, rock, and roots accompanied by her eclectic band which features the kora, Haitian percussion, and bass.

Vizaj Nou is a documentary series created by actor & producer Gessica Généus featuring Anthony Pascal (Konpè Filo), Viviane Gauthier, Odette Roy Fombrun and Frankétienne. Watch the trailer here and check out the archive of our past An n’ Pale with Gessica about her career and Vizaj Nou.

About Gessica Généus
Gessica Généus is best known for her on-screen performances in I Love You, Anne and Le Président a-t-il le SIDA? She also starred in Raoul Peck’s Moloch Tropical. Recently, she decided to get behind the camera. Vizaj Nou is one of her first directing and producing endeavors.

sarah dupuyAbout Sarah Dupuy
Sarah Dupuy is a first generation Haitian-American based in New York. Working with various traditional roots, rock and jazz bands, Sarah has gained a following on the Port-au-Prince music scene as well as in New York. Dupuy’s original compositions, written for voice and guitar, work to fuse the old with the new for a fresh take on Haitian troubadour.

DATE/TIME: Tuesday, June 3rd, 2014 / 6 – 10pm
LOCATION: Kombit Bar & Restaurant, 279 Flatbush Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11217 Map

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