Selebrasyon! :: Music

Lacaye HCX @ BAM | DanceAfrica

lacayelogoHCX and La Caye Restaurant team up at DanceAfrica for a special day of community fun with live music by Zing Experience and drink specials!

DATE / TIME: Saturday, May 24th, 2014 / Noon – 8pm
LOCATION: La Caye Restaurant, 35 Lafayette Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11217 Map


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, 18 Whitwell Place, Brooklyn, NY 11215 Map
ADMISSION: Tickets are $15 in advance.


Konpa Nite

konpa nite iconEnjoy a discussion on the evolution of Konpa with your favorite musicians followed by an evening of dancing and the hottest Konpa tunes. Special invited guests include: Fanfan Tibot of Tabou Combo, Edy Brisseaux & Steve Desrosier.

DATE / TIME: Friday, June 6th, 2014 / 6pm – Midnight
LOCATION: Brasserie Creole, 227-02 Linden Blvd, Jamaica, NY 11411 Map
ADMISSION: Free. $10 suggested donation.


No Passport Party

Join HCX for the blowout finale of Selebrasyon! featuring Afrobeat & world sound fusion DJs Sabine Blaizin and Gardy Girault for an exclusive No Passport Party! In 2013, Gardy introduced No Passport Parties, an eclectic movement drawing from the magical melodies and beautiful rhythmic roots of Haiti, Africa, Latin America, and the Caribbean, combined with modern and retro electronic music.

Dj SabineDJ Sabine Blaizin‘s sound focuses on the exposure and pleasures of African Diasporic music. Brooklyn Mecca and Oyasound are a few of her creative projects. Over the years, DJ Sabine’s mainstay and cultivation has been the monthly event Brooklyn Mecca which has been coined the home of “Grassroots Dance Culture”. Her Oyasound EP is currently in the works. Most recently, Sabine has joined the Ocha Records label as their Brand Marketing Director/Producer and Bembe NYC Party resident DJ. Check our her Soundcloud here.

gardyDJ Gardy Girault is rapidly becoming one of the best “house music” DJs in Haiti.  Influenced by the sounds of his beloved country, Gardy started his music career in 2008 – playing in clubs alongside artists like Yves Larock and Jephte Guillaume and at international events such as WMC in Miami, France, and New York Fashion Week. Check out his Soundcloud here.

DATE / TIME: Saturday, June 28th, 2014 / Doors open at 9pm
LOCATION: DCTV, 87 Lafayette Street New York, NY 10013 Map
ADMISSION: $15 in advance / $20 at the door.

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