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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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FANM Spring Garden Performances


Fanm Spring Garden Performances




















Haiti Cultural Exchange presents Haiti | DIASPORA NOW at Brooklyn Botanic Garden. Join us for exciting events this Spring:

Sunday, April 17 at 2pm
Jonathan Michel celebrates Haitian women composers with special guest Talie Cerin

Jonathan Michel – Born and raised in Waterbury, Connecticut Jonathan Michel is a bassist, composer and arranger of Haitian descent.

Based in New York City, Michel is an eclectic artist known for his work as a producer and arranger, as well as performances all over the world. Some associated acts include Billy Paul, Laurin Talese, Soul Science Lab, Melanie Charles, Godwin Louis and Orrin Evans.

Currently teaching artist with Carnegie Hall, Jonathan was a 2019 Haiti Cultural Exchange Lakou Nou Artist in Residence.

Talie Cerin (Nathalie Cerin) is a Philly based singer-songwriter, born and raised in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. Her music, a unique blend of Haitian folk music and Soul, delivered through her alto vocals and acoustic guitar, bring a fresh sound to the Philly music scene. She recently released her sophomore project, Solèy Midi (midday sun), a collection of originals and traditional Haitian folk songs.

IG@ayitibass| IG@ miss_talie


Sunday, April 25 at 2pm
Traditional Haitian folksongs and drumming featuring Mia and Okai

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.



Saturday, May 8 at 2pm
Riva Precil featuring Monvelyno Alexis & Markus Schwartz perform a fusion of Haitian Rasin/Roots, Jazz & African rhythms

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 Loyala University New Orleans where she graduated with a Music Therapy degree. Riva performs in New York City alongside her band Bohio Music.

IG @bohiomusic


Thursday, July 1 at 6:30 pm
Jessica St. Vil and KaNu Dance Theater present Haitian folkloric dance

Jessica St. Vil is a first-generation Haitian American dancer, educator, and choreographer who grew up in Queens, NY. A graduate of Lehman College, Ms. St. Vil received her B.A. in Mass Communications and Dance. She continued her training on scholarship with the Alvin Ailey School’s professional division. She has worked with choreographers (Christopher Huggins, Martial Roumain, Marcea Daiter, and more); performed with several dance theater companies (Feet of Rhythm, Joan Peter’s Dance Company, and Vissi Dance Theater, and National Ballet Folkloric of Haiti). Jessica has collaborated with Unimix films to choreograph a short film (“One More Try”) and their award-winning feature film (Forever Yours). She was honored by the National Museum of Women and the Haitian Embassy in recognition of her choreographic work. Jessica is the artistic director of KaNu Dance Theater, a co-founder of Danse Xpressions ”Center for the Arts”. She is featured in Dance Portal, an ongoing exhibit providing instruction in traditional Haitian dance at the Children’s Museum of Manhattan with her work “Let’s Dance”. She recently choreographed an original dance drama, “Zatrap,” written by playwright Jean Claude Eugene. Currently, Jessica is on the faculty of the Alvin Ailey School’s Professional Division teaching Dunham-based techniques and is also a Teaching Artist with various Arts in Education programs throughout New York City. Miss St. Vil is currently enrolled as a 3rd-year certification candidate with the Institute for Dunham Technique and Certification.

IG @jessica_stvilulysse

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

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Haiti Cultural Exchange presents SHOP HAITI | Virtual Bazaar Kreyòl



HCX is proud to share a curated list of Haitian shops you can purchase from virtually this holiday season! 

AltarArt | @altarart 

Atizana Inspired | @atizanainspired | 

Bazile Sauce | @bazilesauce |  

Bijou Lakay | @bijoulakay |  

Bonbon Lakay | @bonbonlakay | 

Brooklyn Essence | @brooklynessence | 

Brooklyn Loves Haiti | @twafey | 

Bien Abyé | @bienabye | 

Cantave De Saint Marc | @cantavedesaintmarc |  

Clairin the Spirit of Haiti|@clairinthespiritofhaiti | 

Cremas Absalon | @cremasabsalon

Fanm Djanm | @fanmdjanm | 

Flatbush Caton Market | @flatbushcatonmarket | 

HaiTea | @haitea |  

Haiti Design Co | @haitidesignco | 

Karabela Nations | @Karabela_nations |  

Les Chocolateries Askanya | @askanyachocolate | 

Manny’s Sister | @mannysister | 

Nadege Fleurimond | @nadegefleurimond | 

Pyelila | @pyelila | 

Taste of Haiti Box | @tasteofhaitibox | 

Thorobredbooks | @thorobredbooks | 

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2020 Year-End HCX Fundraiser


What a year! 2020 has been challenging for all of us: from the COVID-19 pandemic—which hit our community particularly hard—to the pain of centuries-old racial injustice that prompted uprisings across the country, to the uncertainty of a vitally important election. 2020 has delivered one shocking moment after another.


Throughout all this, Haiti Cultural Exchange strived to be a resource, to chart new ways for our community to come together and heal, to celebrate Black culture, and to create opportunities for artists as their income streams disappeared. As the end of this tumultuous year approaches, we asked our artists to speak about what HCX means to them and we’ve been sharing their responses across our social media. Their powerful art uplifts us even on the most difficult days, and we are deeply grateful for the joy they bring to our lives.


We remain committed to art as a social justice tool and believe in its unique capacity to inspire change. However, the pandemic has diminished our ability to raise funds for this vital work. Government budget cuts and shifting priorities jeopardize our main funding sources. New opportunities continue to exclude small organizations—like ours—that serve communities of color. At this crossroads in history, we are asking you, our community, for help.


You can donate to our Facebook fundraiser, on our website, or by mail to Haiti Cultural Exchange c/o FiveMyles Gallery 558 St. Johns Place Brooklyn, NY 11238. Another fantastic way to support the organization is by becoming a recurring donor. Recurring donations are an especially effective way to support the organization, as they are a reliable funding source, and they allow you, the donor, to give to HCX in way that’s sustainable for you! Small amounts donated regularly add up to be very impactful. Just choose the frequency you’d like to give when donating on our website.


Your contribution will allow HCX to envision its digital and physical programming for our “new normal” world and provide direct support to the artists we serve, who in turn serve us all.  We are grateful for your support of our efforts to unite, heal, and forge a path forward. Together, we will get through these times!


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