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Haitian Heritage Month Selebrasyon!


Haitian Heritage Month Selebrasyon!

In celebration of Haitian Heritage month, Haiti Cultural Exchange is presenting a series of programs during the month of May. We invite you to join us!

FANM | DIASPORA NOW! presented in partnership with the Brooklyn Botanic Garden

Saturday, May 8, 2021

2 to 3pm | Brooklyn Botanic Garden | 990 Washington Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11225

Riva Precil featuring Monvelyno Alexis & Markus Schwartz perform a fusion of Haitian Rasin/Roots, Jazz, and African rhythms.

Advance tickets are required. Limited FREE community tickets available here.


Haitian Flag Day Selebrasyon! presented in partnership with Assembly Member Rodneyse Bichotte, Council Member Farah Louis, and Little Haiti BK.

Saturday, May 15, 2021

4 to 7pm | Brooklyn Commons Rooftop | 495 Flatbush Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11225

Featuring Music by Mozayik, New York’s premiere Haitian jazz ensemble. Haitian bites by GRANDCHAMPS, raffle prizes, and live music.

Honoring Haitian Community Organizations on the Frontlines of the Pandemic:

Diaspora Community Services | Haitian American Nurses Association of Greater New York | Haitian Americans United for Progress | Haitian Community Coalition

Advance registration is required to attend this free event. Please register here


Pauline Jean & Godwin Louis presented in collaboration with Lincoln Center in honor of Haitian Heritage Month 

Friday, May 21, 2021

7 -8pm | Lincoln Center, The Club at Hearst Plaza | 30 Lincoln Center Plaza, New York, NY 10023

Vocalist/bandleader Pauline Jean and saxophonist/composer Godwin Louis both share a Haitian-American heritage, impressive musical talent and a love for the rhythms and melodies of their motherland. For this evening performance, presented in collaboration with RESTART STAGES at Lincoln Center, both artists will bring a unique Caribbean island-inspired perspective to a jazz concert celebrating Haiti’s indigenous sounds and powerful grooves.

Featured performers: Godwin Louis, alto sax; Pauline Jean, vocals; Axel Laugart, piano; Jonathan Michel, bass; Allan Mednard, drums; Markus Schwartz, percussion.

Advance Tickets are required, please purchase your tickets here by May 13, 2021 to ensure entry.

Capacity is very limited for this event.  In order to serve more guests, one pod per guest is available for reservation.  Each pod seats two people and both parties need to arrive together.

Step 1
Click ticketing link to reserve your tickets (only e-tickets are available).

Step 2
Select your timed entry (one pod seats two people; maximum one pod; all seats are accessible).

Step 3
At checkout, agree to Terms & Conditions. Please use scroll bar to the right to accept terms.

Step 4
You will receive an email confirmation of your order.

Step 5
You will receive a separate email with your e-tickets. (All guests need to arrive together. E-tickets can be scanned as a mobile ticket or printed and brought to the event.)

Step 6
One day prior to event, you will receive pre-show email including the COVID-19 screening questionnaire. All guests will be required to take the Health Survey.

Please click here for important pre-arrival COVID-19 health and safety protocols.


About the Artists

Riva Precil is a music artist, dancer, author, and jeweler. When Precil was 5, she moved to Haiti where she resided for 10 years. While in Haiti, Riva was exposed to traditional Haitian music & culture, which greatly influenced her eclectic music & fashion palette. At the age of 18, Riva moved to New Orleans to attend Loyola University New Orleans where she graduated with a Music Therapy degree. Riva performs in New York City alongside her band Bohio Music.


Mozayik‘s musical concept draws upon a rich legacy of traditional Afro-Haitian rhythms and melodies, and blends them with the instrumentation, melodic/harmonic sensibilities, and improvisation of modern jazz. New York City’s premiere Haitian Jazz ensemble released their debut recording in 2000. The self-titled “Mozayik” garnered rave reviews and earned the group a feature on National Public Radio’s “The World “program. In 2002, Mozayik had the honor of representing Haiti in the Havana Jazz Festival, at the invitation of world-renowned Cuban pianist Chucho Valdes. Mozayik has headlined Haitian jazz festivals in New York City at the landmark Sounds of Brazil (SOB’S) and Irving Plaza, in Miami at the Carnival Center for the Performing Arts, as well as in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. In May 2005, Mozayik released “Haitian Creole Jazz”on the Grammy-winning Zoho music label, the recording received extensive national airplay and was a critic’s pick for 2005 in Jazziz Magazine. October of 2020 marked Mozayik’s 20th anniversary as a band.


Pauline Jean is a captivating songstress whose distinctive voice and rousing melodies have caught the attention of audiences both young and old. Pauline brings a refreshing sound to today’s music; creating an erudite blend of worldly jazz that draws from her Creole roots and integrates modern and traditional inflections. She has received considerable press globally from leading media publications such as The Source, DownBeat, Afropop Worldwide, World Music Report, Jazz Times, and many more.

Pauline has performed at the Pori Jazz Festival, Nõmme Jazz Festival, St. Lucia Jazz Festival, Port-au-Prince International Jazz Festival, Martinique Jazz Festival, Annecy Classical Festival, Tchaikovsky Concert Hall, Tel Aviv Museum of Art, Jazz at Lincoln Center-Shanghai, Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola, and many other prominent jazz venues and festivals around the world. She has presented concert throughout the United States, Africa, Russia, Israel, China, Europe and the Caribbean with her band.

​Pauline shares her perspectives on music and life as a musician through teaching private students and workshops for singers on all levels in the US and abroad. She travels to Haiti frequently with a group of musicians, as part of the Experience Ayiti mission, to provide aid, master classes, free concerts, and instrument distribution throughout different regions of the island. Jean is a graduate from Berklee College of Music and a cultural, musical ambassador worldwide.

​On August 6, 2020, Pauline debuted her brand new single, Ain’t I A Woman (Singing Truth). She pays tribute to Sojourner Truth, a powerful force in the fight for justice and equality for both African Americans and all women in the United States.


Godwin Louis alto saxophonist, was born in Harlem, New York and began playing saxophone at age nine. Godwin grew up in Bridgeport, Connecticut and Port au Prince, Haiti. Godwin was a finalist in the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz Saxophone Competition. He has performed around the globe including: Mali, Senegal, Togo, France, Finland, Spain, United Kingdom, Italy, Russia, Azerbaijan, United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Venezuela, Colombia, South Korea, Indonesia and Australia. Godwin is a graduate of Berklee College of Music and the prestigious Thelonious Monk Institute for Jazz Performance. Godwin has studied and performed with Herbie Hancock, Clark Terry, Roger Dickerson, Ron Carter, Al Foster, Jack Dejohnette, Jimmy Heath, Billy Preston, Patti Labelle, Toni Braxton, Babyface, Madonna, Gloria Estefan, Barry Harris, Howard Shore, David Baker, Mulatu Astakte, Mahmoud Ahmed, Wynton Marsalis, and Terence Blanchard just to name a few.

In addition, Godwin has performed as a sideman, guest soloist and has conducted clinics and master classes worldwide. As a composer, Godwin has received the Jerome Foundation Emerging Artist Grant, and the Jazz Gallery’s “New Works Commission”. As an educator, humanitarian and ambassador, Godwin has traveled from Benin to China to help promote cross-cultural understanding and introduce thousands to America’s indigenous art form, through public concerts, master classes, and jam sessions. Godwin is the founder of Experience Ayiti, a nonprofit educational, multidisciplinary arts organization. Godwin’s debut album as a leader, entitled “Global”, was released in February 2019.


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Rasin Lakay features Andre Eugène


Kowona Kwonik–Chronicle of Corona

Andre Eugène, Haitian artist, co-director of the Ghetto Biennale and one of the founders of Atis Rezistans, reveals how he makes work using local carving skills and the creative addition of recycled materials. At the same time he, and other members of Atis Rezistans, reflect on the effect of the worldwide Coronavirus pandemic has affected their lives.



Click on the image below to watch Kowona Kwonik.Kowona Kwonik



Andre Eugène was born in downtown Port-au-Prince in 1959. He is a leading figure in the artists’ collective known as Atis Rezistans and a broader movement known as the Sculptors of Grand Rue. Eugène fused the fetish effigy with an apocalyptic MTV futuristic vision. Much of his work is figurative using human skulls for heads and imbued with a bold sense of irony, sexuality and humour. In 2006 Andre Eugène contributed to a large-scale collective sculptural work, which is a permanent exhibit at the International Museum of Slavery in Liverpool. His work has been shown at the Muesum of Ethnography, Geneva; at the Parc de la Villette, Paris; the Fowler Museum, UCLA, Los Angeles; Nottingham Contemporary, UK and at the Grand Palais, Paris. His work was included in the Haitian Pavillions at the 54th Venice Biennale. Andre Eugène is the co-director of the Ghetto Biennale, which has been held in Port-au-Prince since 2009. In 2015 Andre Eugene and his partner, Leah Gordon, were the recipients of the Colección Patricia Phelps de Cisneros Travel Award for Central America and the Caribbean

Find out more about Andre’s work by following the Ghetto Biennale channels: Instagram | Website


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Rasin Lakay features Coralie Noisette


The Shadow Self

“The project, “Shadow Self: Transforming Fear into Light”, is inspired by one’s internal exploration around self-identity, personal growth, and the higher consciousness. During the COVID-19 pandemic, we’ve all been confronted with amplified stress and confusion encouraging us to reevaluate our external and inner worlds. Personally, I’ve been faced with internal conflicts and questions such as, “Who am I?”, “Why do I feel this way?”, and “Where am I headed?”. As a result, I’ve been diving deeper into the idea of my “shadow self”. With more time to reflect during these uncertain times, these areas of “self” have come to the surface and are becoming harder to ignore. Through a compilation of audio-visuals and original poetry, my project aims to confront, heal and transform the shadows that have veiled my connection to the Higher Self.” – Coralie Noisette

Click on the images below to watch each chapter of “Shadow Self” on the HCX YouTube channel:

The first chapter “Confront Thyself” is a personal journey to identify and examine the darker side of myself. In order to move forward in life, we need to understand and accept that there are various facets of our persona that we may not want to deal with. However, through this confrontation we take steps closer to overcoming what no longer serves us in our life. “Confront Thyself” is a brief reflection of my internal dialogue to address my shadows.

Chapter 1

The second chapter, “Heal Thyself”, encourages one to make peace with their shadows. To do so, we must find the courage to go in the depths of our core to understand our subconscious pain. Instead of fighting these negative aspects of self, we should use the contrasts to shed light on areas of healing. By accepting our shadows, we begin to dismantle the ego’s grasp on self, and we become closer to our authentic self. “Heal Thyself” gives the viewer an inside look into my healing process.Chapter 2

The third and final chapter, “Transform Thyself”, is the result of when the shadow self meets healing. Transformation is the energetic shift that takes place within, also known as growth. Once we integrate our shadows into our understanding of self, we take back our power and its influence in our daily lives. We become more aware of our true essence, and gain power over our egos. “Transform Thyself” seeks to guide us towards our higher selves by transforming fear into light.

Chapter 3







Coralie Noisette With a mission to grow, and a lover of love, Coralie Noisette is a self-taught artist of Haitian descent, born and raised in Chicago, Illinois. In 2013, she decided to buy a one-way ticket to Haiti for a new chapter in her life that allowed her to connect with her Haitian roots. Since then, Haiti has enabled Coralie to further tap into her creative spirit though its rich culture, natural beauty, and mystic energy. As an artist and poet, she seeks to understand the connection between the spiritual and physical realms, with an underlying theme of self-exploration. Her painting style is inspired by optic art and color therapy, playing with the viewer’s vision and illustrating the intricate layers of what one would deem as “reality”. The original short poetic proses that Coralie writes, and which often accompany her artworks, are driven by her quest to make sense of some of life’s impenetrable questions. Through self-examination and confronting our shadows, we gain better awareness of who we are and our place in the world. Through her art, Coralie hopes to awaken the viewers’ eyes, minds and spirits to the infinite possibilities of the universe.

Find out more about Coralie’s work by following her channels: Instagram | Facebook


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Rasin Lakay features Pyelila



Pyelila’s LANMOU series features plants and their love languages. “I’ve always imagined that plants have relationships amongst themselves. Whether it be amicable, romantic or familial. Each time I look at them, I always imagine how they must interact and how they decide to get along in order to survive if they were animated.

I created this illustration series to show how I see them in my mind. I’ve depicted them in various types of love.”

Click on any of the images below to view the illustration–and leave a comment–on the HCX Instagram account:

“I started off with love of self. I was inspired by a beautiful orange tree in my backyard, that always gifts us the sweetest oranges. She always seems to take good care of herself no matter the circumstances, she always nourishes herself with her environment.”
“The second piece hones in on a comforting love, inspired by my Aloe Vera plant. It is the most resilient plant in our garden and offers the most healing benefits.” ⁣
“Ginger to me has always come off as strong spirited, softening when faced with a love accepting of its flaws and all its ups and downs, always bringing about its soft side in the end.”⁣
“A love that doesn’t require anything from the outside world. All of its might stems from being with one another. The Citronella plant gives me that vibration, each branch helps the other to stand tall, one protecting the other from their environment to keep them safe and strong.”⁣
“Senseveria (referred to as donkey’s ears in Haitian Creole) is one of the most resilient plants, to come across a dying one would mean the sun no longer rises. Likewise for the love of a mother, a love that will never cease to multiply its roots, that will never tarnish as long as there is life.”
“Oftentimes, we don’t realize that we’re toxic for someone, when that person starts to call us out on the walls we’ve put up, that’s when we come to realize how messed up we are. Even with good intentions, a bad apple is a bad apple. Often, it’s the stories we tell about our presence that are toxic. It’s always good that we realize this, so that we can do that person a big favor.This is my Aloe plant that’s always preventing the leaves of my Monstera plant from staying whole, it’s always tearing a leaf, or poking one. Eventually, I had to move the poor thing away from it.”


Pierre-Richard Raphael (Pyelila) is a young Haitian visual artist, specializing in Illustration, Photography and Graphic Design. Since his childhood, he had deep interests in Haitian folklore and fantasy. Which has always shaped his art into a tool used to tell every beautiful story Haiti has to tell. After his Art studies at Ecole Nationale des Arts (ENARTS) in Port-au-Prince, he embarked on a freelance career in visual art. This, has given him a form of freedom that he uses to delve into the illustration of many aspects of the Haitian heritage that need a voice.

Find out more about Pyelila by following his channels:
Instagram | Facebook


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