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Art in the Garden: Fall Sundays | Recap

10.26.20

123022220_10158566461291830_2717303459505903881_oThe Haitian Creole saying “fanm se poto mitan” expresses the idea that women are the pillar of any society. HCX Cultural arts programming through June 2021, will unpack the role of the feminine in Haitian and Diaspora settings, examining both traditional views, and ways in which these roles are being challenged and rethought in modern times. To kick off this season, during the months of October & November, we presented FANM d’Ayiti | honoring Haitian women as pillars of our society through live music, dance, and song.  

On Sunday, October 18th Haiti Cultural Exchange hosted Art in the Garden at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden with performances by Alexandra Jean-Joseph & Sky Menesky of Imamou Lele where they presented traditional Haitian dance & drumming. The theme of their performance was in alignment with HCX’s current theme FANM, where they emulated women across cultures, classes, and various walks of life. Attendees lounged comfortably on the lawn during their presentation.  

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Vocalist and flutist, Melanie Charles presented an homage to Haitian women musicians through the ages and was accompanied by guitarist, Eddy Bourjolly. Spectators sang along to familiar tunes throughout their beautiful performance.  

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On Sunday, October 25th Sheila Anozier performed Songs of Ayiti: Haitian Folk and Vodou songs honoring the female deities accompanied by Tiga Jean Baptiste on Haitian drums. Fritz Bernardin closed out the day by performing his original compositions “Suite Folklorique Haitienne” & traditional Haitian Folk Songs on viola.  122967237_10158566515956830_5671312701656026657_o

It was a pleasure to present performances in the lovely fall setting of the Brooklyn Botanic Garden for a second year and as part of the first public programs since the pandemic. Being back in community with live Haitian music and dance felt so joyful, and we were truly fortunate to be able to curate artists whose presentations were developed for our year-long programmatic theme: FANM  123656752_10158585540556830_5261993006758460714_o

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Mizik Ayiti! | Recap

09.19.20

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On Friday, September 18th at 7pm at the Prospect Park Boathouse, HCX hosted Mizik Ayiti! in collaboration with Alegba and Friends with performances by Buyu Ambroise & the Blues in Red Band with special guest artist Mikaelle Cartright. This was the first in-person HCX event since the pandemic, it was both nerve wrecking and exciting to be in community again with lively performances by some of our favorite local artists!  

Community-based organization, Haitian Americans United for Progress (HAUP)  held a Census outreach event in conjunction with the performance 

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Find pictures from the event here.

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Rasin Lakay features Sabine Blaizin

09.08.20

Haiti Cuba Project

What is the historical, sociopolitical, cultural, and artistic connection between Cuba and Haiti? Discover Cuba’s and Haiti’s past, present, and future through the lens of a group of contemporary Cuban/Haitian artists.

The HCX community experienced their stories via an immersive audiovisual interpretation which included interviews, traditional dance, drum, and electronic music. These shared stories demystified the stereotypes of Haitians and Cubans. They redefined for themselves the concept of home and identity through a creative arts lens and have actively made a new history.

Click on any of the images below to watch the Haiti Cuba Project on HCX Facebook Live:

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Sabine Blaizin‘s work focuses on the exposure and pleasures of African diasporic music. Brooklyn Mecca, Cumbancha, 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”. Sabine worked for Ocha Records label as a Brand Marketing Director/Producer and Bembe NYC Party resident DJ. She was also the resident DJ for Subrosa’s signature monthly party Cumbancha featuring African inspired rhythms of House, Soul, Latin music and more. In 2018 Sabine was a resident DJ for Fania Records’ Fania Collective. Today, she curates a party at Le Bain NYC called Rekolte: A Night of Haitian Roots & House. She is also a resident DJ for House of Yes NYC and Onda Mundial Mexico.

Find out more about DJ Sabine’s work by following her channels: Instagram | Website

 

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Rasin Lakay features Okai Fleurimont

08.06.20

Vibration & Frequency

Introduction to Vibration & Frequency:

“Allow me to reintroduce myself to you through meditation, music and movement.

I will share with you the many layers of my artistry. Drummer, vocalist, beat maker & community activist. We will start with a meditation followed by drumming and an exploration of past and latest songs from myself and my extended musical family.

I will be honored to have you join me and share your dance moves or just lend me your ears for an hour. Like this, share this, and lets heal together through rhythm and frequency.” – Okai Musik

Click on Okai’s image below to view the event:

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Okai Fleurimont is a vocalist/percussionist who embodies all the music of the African Diaspora. Brooklyn born with Haitian descent, Okai’s cultural background shaped him into being the full round artist he is today. He is Currently the lead singer and percussionist of Brown Rice Family who won “The Battle of the  Boroughs” in NYC in 2012. Okai is also co-founder of Strings N Skins who are currently finishing an album to be released in the fall. He is an active percussionist in New York always sharing his voice and energetic rhythms. Okai has had the pleasure of performing before audiences at Brooklyn Museum, the legendary African art auction exhibition at Sotheby’s,  Madison Square Garden, Carnegie Hall and venues throughout the States.

Find out more about Okai’s work by following his channels: Instagram | Website

 

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