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Pa Bliye Toto Bissainthe by Talie Cerin | Diaspora NOW


On February 7th 2020 at ShapeShifter Lab, Haiti Cultural Exchange put together a night that truly embodied the versatility that was Toto Bissainthe. Toto was an actress, a storyteller, a singer, an activist, the list goes on. It was only fitting to honor such a multifaceted artist with a multimedia presentation.  

Shapeshifter Lab was covered in photos archiving the journey of Toto’s artistry in film, in theater, in music. There were also audio stages where attendees could listen to Toto’s words and voice once again. The night was completed with a concert consisting of three singers and an incredible house band (Matsura Hiroyuki, Frédéric Las Fargeas, and Markus Schwartz) directed by Monvelyno Alexis, presenting new arrangements of Toto’s beloved discography. 

I was excited for the challenge to innovate, which is something I have long admired Toto for. Her avant-garde approach to performance is why Haitian artists of all mediums consider her an icon. Nathalie Joachim, who was recently nominated for a Grammy for an album that honored so much of Toto’s work, brought her unique blend of electronic music, flute, and voice to her chosen selections; an unexpected and moving combination.

It comes as no surprise that Riva Précil, a traditional Vodou singer whose music is already bringing new and interesting jazz and soulful arrangements to Vodou tunes, truly shined presenting the songs from Toto’s repertoire that are dear to her. I, as a longtime admirer of Toto’s work, interpreted three selections, one of which I knew because I grew up listening to my mother singing it. It was such a pleasure to honor both Toto and my mother that night. 


“An n ale, vaksin ap e gwonde. An n ale” Toto’s voice still rings in my head singing this refrain. This recurring hook underscored the short documentary that opened the night honoring the late legend. An n ale is a call to action, and I received it that night as a call to receive and a call to remember. And remember, we did. 

-Written by Talie Cérin
Haiti Cultural Exchange presented Pa Bliye | Toto Bissainthe, a multi-media exhibition and concert benefiting Haiti Cultural Exchange, in partnership with Fondation Haiti Jazz.

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Selebrasyon! Opening Night | Boukman Eksperyans & Paul Beaubrun


Selebrasyon Benefit Concert - NEW

Selebrasyon! Opening Night Benefit Concert featuring Boukman Eksperyans & Paul Beaubrun
Thursday, May 17th | 8 – 10pm
ShapeShifter Lab | 18 Whitwell Pl, Brooklyn, NY 11215
Tickets Here:

Haiti Cultural Exchange (HCX) invites you to join us for our Selebrasyon! Opening Night Benefit Concert taking place on Thursday, May 17th at Shapeshifter in Gowanus, Brooklyn. We are thrilled to be presenting legendary mizik razin band Boukman Esksperyans as they promote their new album, Isit E Kounye La. Paul Beaubrun has also joined the concert line-up. Stayed tuned for further details on his performance. This celebratory event will launch HCX’s 3rd Biennial Selebrasyon! festival and generate crucial support for HCX’s Ti Atis (“Little Artists”) after-school program at P.S. 189 in Brownsville, Brooklyn.

Featured Artist Bio: 2018-03-07-PHOTO-00000362
Boukman Eksperyans (HaitiXNY Artist) ushered in a musical revolution with their Grammy-nominated debut album, Voudou Adjae. This brilliant release introduced the world to Boukman’s worldly high energy sound fusing traditional Haitian and Caribbean rhythms with rock and reggae. Voudou Adjae brought the band international prominence and made them spokespeople for Haitian people. Since their emergence on the scene, Boukman has continued to release revolutionary critically acclaimed albums and mesmerize audiences World Wide from Haiti (where they draw tens of thousands of fans per show) to the Caribbean, throughout North America, Canada, Europe, Japan, and Africa both as a headlining act and alongside Wyclef Jean, Femi Kuti, and Baba Maal.


Selebrasyon! is New York City’s only festival dedicated to the promotion of the highest caliber film, dance, music, literature, and visual art of Haiti and its Diaspora. Haiti Cultural Exchange’s 3rd Biennial celebration will bring artists and diverse communities together to experience Haitian culture, its creative foundations, and its powerful legacy.

This year, HCX is pleased to announce that six Haiti-based artists will be participating in Selebrasyon! programming. This is all thanks to the support we have received for our HaitiXNY initiative, which aims to bring more artists from Haiti to present their work.

Download the Selebrasyon! Event List.

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Le Lambi Circle | A new opportunity to invest in HCX’s future


LeLambiCircleUpdatedFor seven years. Haiti Cultural Exchange has developed and grown dynamic programming toward creating a permanent presence for Haitian Arts & Culture in New York City. In 2016, the organization will take its efforts to a new stage by embarking on a plan to establish New York’s first Haitian cultural center. At this important juncture, we present Le Lambi Circle.

To join the inaugural Le Lambi Circle is to answer a special call to serve as a pillar of the Diaspora community in New York City. Our aim is to bring twenty donors into this circle throughout the new year in order to ensure that we can count on the sustained support necessary to grow into a physical space that our community can call home.

Le Lambi Circle members will be recognized as key supporters on HCX’s organizational materials and website. They will also be the first to be informed of important developments during this new phase. In appreciation of their commitment to the Haiti Cultural Exchange vision, Le Lambi Circle members will also receive complimentary admission to all HCX ticketed events and discounts at the HCX Boutik.

If you are able, we urge you to take part in this high impact opportunity to invest in the exciting future of Haiti Cultural Exchange. Donate today to help sustain a permanent presence for Haitian Arts & Culture in NYC. Please reach out to Erika Pettersen, Development Manager, at or (347) 565 4429 in order to ask any questions you might have about Le Lambi Circle.

Thank you for your continued support of Haitian arts & culture!

Click here to donate now!

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July 15th : Celebrate the Lambi Fund with an evening of Haitian Arts and Culture



Join the Lambi Fund for an evening of Haitian arts and culture with internationally acclaimed Haitian writer Edwidge Danticat, honoring Josette Perard, the Lambi Fund’s director, and her 20 plus year service to the organization and the people of Haiti.

DATE/TIME: Wednesday, July 15th | 6pm – 9pm
LOCATION:Penthouse 808 on the roof of the Ravel Hotel
8-08 Queens Plaza S, Long Island City, NY 11101 | MAP
ADMISSION: Click here to get more information about how to receive an invitation.

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