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Pwezi ak Mizik Anba Tonèl – by Alain Balan, HCX Intern

09.04.14

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HCX held its 4th annual Pwezi ak Mizik Anba Tonèl on Saturday, August 23rd at FiveMyles Gallery. This annual performance has emerged as a seminal community event — one that has hosted renowned writers Syto Cavé and Anthony Phelps, Master Drummer Frisner Augustin, as well as emerging talents Melissa Beauvery and Riva Precil.

Traditionally held outdoors, the rain forced us inside but could not dim the energy in the room that evening. Catered by Cybille St. Aude, guests were offered delicious tastes of soup joumou, chicken skewers and pen patat while they mingled and shopped at the HCX Boutik.

Once everyone settled in, Shirley Skai and her band kicked off the night by presenting a mix of Haitian classics as well as some original songs. Her covers of Lauryn Hill’s song Ex-Factor and BeLO’s Lakou Trankil had the audience singing along, enthralled by Shirley’s beautiful voice and presence.

Jean Dany Joachim followed Shirley with a set of poems that were at times sober, and at others, passionate. One poem was dedicated to the chaos of the 2010 earthquake and the pain that has lingered in the hearts of victims and Haitians abroad. Jean Dany’s two year old son was also a highlight of the performance, joining his father on the mic.

Francie Latour offered us readings by René Philoctete and Michel-Ange Hyppolite. With a refreshing voice, Francie was able to hook the audience in as she read imagery-filled stories of raising her children in suburban Massachusetts.

M’CHOUKE

M’pa janm mande-m poukiasa m’ret isit?
Tankou m’pa mande-m poukisa m’respire,
M’dòmi,
Sa k’ fè m’ pale jan m’ pale ya ?

I’M ROOTED

Do I ever ask myself why I live here ?
Like do I ask why I breathe,
Or Sleep,
Or Speak the way I speak?

René Philoctete
Excerpt from Open Gate, An Anthology of Haitian Creole Poetry.

Before reading his pieces, Marc Anthony Arena spoke of Paul Laraque, his grandfather, as an influence on his poetry. Marc also read about themes relating to the earthquake with raw and genuine emotion. After the rain settled, the last performance was moved outside, where a rosebush by artist Sam Tufnell bathed the musicians in a mystical purple glow. Tiga Jean Baptiste’s set encouraged people passing by to stop and join the audience, taking in the beautiful sounds of Tiga’s skill. The didgeridoo, mbira, bass and guitar complimented his soothing and mellow performance.

This year’s Pwezi ak Mizik event was dedicated to our friend Mario Donnay who resided on St. John’s Place and passed away earlier this year. Special thanks to the performers, audience members, and HCX volunteers!

Jean Dany’s books of poetry can be bought at the HCX Boutik. Manman Zanfan by Denizé Lauture, a project of the Arena family for alphabetization in Haiti, is also available for sale.

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See you at the next HCX event!

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Archive : Selebrasyon! New York’s Celebration of Haitian Art & Culture

07.17.14

Selebrasyon program coverConsisting of forty days worth of Haitian arts & culture, this large-scale Haitian arts festival was the first of its kind in New York City. With 22 events presenting the works of artists residing in New York, Haiti, and other parts of the Diaspora Haiti Cultural Exchange brought together over 100 modern and traditional artists, a majority of whom were emerging or unknown and whose work represents their extreme talent and innovation.

Kicking off with Selebrasyon! Opening Night and the Haitian Flag Day Selebrasyon! all the way to the No Passport Party finale, the festival gave artists a platform to present what’s cutting edge in Haitian art and offered nearly 4,000 participants an opportunity to experience their craft and engage with our community. Selebrasyon! could not have been possible without YOU! HCX extends our thanks to all of the artists, attendees and institutions that helped create the memorable moments that made Selebrasyon! a dynamic showcase of Haitian heritage.

To view a full list of the Selebrasyon! Community & Media Partners, Sponsors, and to learn more about Selebrasyon! CLICK HERE!

See what Caribbean Life had to say about Selebrasyon!
To view the full Selebrasyon! program, CLICK HERE!
To see photos from Selebrasyon!, CLICK HERE!
For videos of the festival,CLICK HERE!

 

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HCX | Collaboration: KaNu Dance Theater’s Episodes of Haiti at the Queens Public Library

06.18.14

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Haiti Cultural Exchange in collaboration with the Queens Public Library present KaNu Dance Theater’s Episodes of Haiti.

KaNu Dance Theater will perform Episodes of Haiti, a 3-section, full length program about Haiti’s culture, history and current situation through an exciting combination of poetry, live music, traditional Haitian folklore, and modern dance, with choreography by Jessica St. Vil.

KaNu Dance Theater began performing in 2003. It has appeared at Hofstra University, Brooklyn Museum, Barnard College, Columbia University, St. Francis College, the New York City French Institute, Henry Street Settlement Theater, Long Island’s African-American Museum and the Brooklyn Library among others.

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DATE / TIME: Saturday, June 28th, 2014 / 1:30pm
LOCATION: Queens Public Library- Flushing Branch, 41-17 Main Street, Flushing, NY 11355
Train: 7 to Main Street (last stop)
LIRR: Port Washington line to Flushing-Main Street
Bus: Q12, Q13, Q17, Q19, Q20A, Q20B, Q25, Q26, Q27, Q34, Q44, Q50, Q58, Q65, Q66
ADMISSION: Free.

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Selebrasyon! :: Literature & Spoken Word

05.05.14

An n’ Pale | Café Conversation with singer & author Mimerose “Manzè” Beaubrun

Boukman group photoJoin us for a conversation with Manzè Beaubrun, lead singer and co-founder of Boukman Eksperyans, about her new book Nan Domi: An Initiate’s Journey into Haitian Vodou, followed by a performance with Boukman Eksperyans. Known for their musical revolution, the Grammy-nominated group is a fusion of traditional Haitian and Caribbean rhythms with rock and reggae.

DATE / TIME: Friday, May 23, 2014 / 6 – 11pm. Discussion will begin at 7pm.
LOCATION: FiveMyles Gallery, 558 St Johns Place Brooklyn, NY 11238 Map
ADMISSION: Free. $10 suggested donation. Seating is limited, first come first serve.

 

Lirik Ayiti : Rasin/Chimen :: Lyric Haiti: Roots/Routes

Join us for a night of spoken word, storytelling, and poetry highlighting the Haitian-American experience in New York. Hosted by poet Ayinde Jean-Baptiste and featuring performances by Lenelle Moïse, & Patrick Sylvain.

Lenelle MoÔse

Lenelle Moïse, the author of Haiti Glass, is an award-winning poet, playwright and performer. She creates jazz-infused, hip-hop bred, politicized texts about the intersection of identity, memory and spirit.

 

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Patrick Sylvain is an author and educator who uses Haitian Creole and English with masterful skill, capturing moments and a deep romance with a place and its people.

 

DATE / TIME: Sunday, June 8th, 2014 / 6 – 7:30pm. Doors open at 5:45pm.
LOCATION: Bowery Poetry Club, 308 Bowery, New York, NY 10012 Map
ADMISSION: $15 at the door.

 

Salon d’Haïti

Presented in collaboration with PEN Haiti, PEN American Center & Akashic Books, authors from the U.S. and Haiti will share select readings and discuss their work. Featuring authors Katia D. Ulysse and  Jean-Euphèle Milcé.

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Katia D. Ulysse is a native of Haiti and writes in English and Haitian Creole. Her work appears in The Caribbean Writer, Meridians, Peregrine, and Smartish Pace. Her stories are anthologized in MacomèreBrassageButterfly’s WayHaiti Noir, and Mozayïk, among others. Drifting is her first book of fiction.

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Jean-Euphèle Milcé is a Haitian author and director of the PEN Haiti House of Literature. His novel, Alphabet Nights , published in 2004, won the Prix Georges Nicole in Switzerland and was a finalist for the Prix Prince Pierre de Monaco among others. His works revolve around the drama of exile and uncertainty of the crossing.

 

DATE / TIME: Sunday, June 22nd, 2014 / 5 – 8pm
LOCATION: Queens Museum, New York City Building, Flushing Meadows, Corona Park, Queens, NY 11368 Map
ADMISSION: Free.

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