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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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Diane Exavier | Diaspora NOW | Taking The Time To See by Tassiana Larochelle


Taking The Time To See 

A crowd gathered at Five Myles gallery on February 9th, an unassuming Sunday afternoon. The intimate group mingled over drinks and appetizers as they casually admired the vivid art work lining the gallery walls. We had come to see a theatrical reading of Solange and Frankie Rite Love Songs in the Mourning by Diane Exavier, the last of the HCX Presents…Diaspora Now series. Diane had been a former artist-in-residence of the 2017 HCX Lakou NOU program so many were interested to experience her latest body of work.  


After a quick introduction by HCX founder and director Régine M. Roumain, Diane announced she would begin with a poem dedicated to her mother, whom had passed away. What followed was a quietly heartbreaking poetry performance that thoroughly disarmed her audience, unexpectedly bringing many (myself included) to tears. This was expertly done as Diane’s work is described as exploring “how people create new worlds in the face of environmental disaster, personal trauma and historical violence”, it was evident that she had set out not only to perform but to create a physical safe space for the audience to possibly experience emotional healing through her work. 


We were now open to emotionally engage in this play about Solange and Frankie, two lovers grappling with the aftermath of trauma. One having survived the catastrophic 2010 earthquake in Haiti and the other, recovering from a work accident that caused him to lose an arm in Miami. The lovers have several conversations about their soon to be born child as they attempt to work through their anxieties about the future.  


After the reading, Diane sat down with her co-star and director for a conversation with the audience about her work. Discussions arose around her creative process. She challenged us to reflect on concepts of home as both characters are physically displaced and encouraged the audience to examine how we think of healing and recovery or how we can create a home in each other even as we are physically displaced.   


There is a line in the play where Solange tells Frankie that he can’t see his life because he’s perpetually looking for it. I can say for certain that on that night, we all took some time to see. 

-Written by Tassiana Larochelle 


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Solèy Midi with Talie Cerin | Diaspora NOW


On Saturday, February 8th Haiti Cultural Exchange hosted an album listening premiere of singer/songwriter Talie’s latest project “Solèy Midi,” at FiveMyles Gallery as part of Diaspora NOW. Diaspora NOW is a platform for emerging literary and performing artists of Haitian descent to premiere works in New York City, offering opportunities for Haitians and the general public to engage with new art that highlights experiences in the Diaspora.  

Attendees sat in a semi-circle and experienced an intimate acoustic performance by Talie and her band which consisted of keyboard, bass, percussion, guitar and vocals. The audience sang along to some of her memorable tunes with lyrics in both English and Haitian Creole. The band performed songs from her new album as well as covers of Haitian songs which brought smiles to the audience’s faces.

After the band concluded their hour-long set the audience enjoyed beverages sponsored by Clairin the Spirit of Haiti and food provided by Grandchamps Restaurant.   


Solèy Midi


Listen to Solèy Midi here: 

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Harvest Homecoming | Recap


On October 20th, 2019 Haiti Cultural Exchange joined the Brooklyn Botanic Garden for their annual Harvest Festival! Mahalia Stines presented a workshop on Zaka, the loa of harvest and agriculture and Fanmi Asòtò gave a stellar performance featuring traditional Haitian tunes emphasizing the harvest theme.

Mahalia Stines is a Brooklyn based Fiber Artist and Culture Conservationist. Although formally trained as a Costume Designer at the French Fashion Academy with the Great Carole H. Beule, Mahalia has always had a strong interest in Fiber and its infinite possibilities and applications, an interest that grew from watching the Russian-Haitian Artist Tamara Baussan at work.

In recent years her practice has evolved into the production of Large scale Art Quilts, small mixed media collages and wall sculptures, incorporating the various fiber processes and skills she’s acquired over the years, from weaving, felting, embroidery, quilting to beadwork and exploring themes as varied as Mother Nature’s chaos to History.

Cultural elements from her Native Haiti often feature prominently in her work, she firmly believes that Culture is our greatest natural resource, therefore sharing the vibrant culture of Haiti is becoming a Mission. She continues to design costumes, for the last four years for Durham based Gaspard & Dancers and Brooklyn Based Fanmi Asòtò.

Fanmi Asòtò is a Haitian cultural organization whose drum performance, community workshops, and herbal teachings are rooted in Vodou. Paying homage to the asòtò drum, the mother of all African descended drums, their mission is to encourage identity building for all Haitians but particularly for Haitian American youth who are the next generation of Haitian culture and Vodou. Created in 2014 by Sirene Dantor Sainvil, with the support of her husband and master drummer Jean Guy “Fanfan” Rene, Fanmi Asòtò seeks to develop a sense of pride within the Haitian community in a way that people of all backgrounds can be attracted to.

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