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Harvest Homecoming | Recap

10.22.19

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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Fèt RASIN |Recap

10.18.19

Live in NYC from Haiti for the first time Haiti X New York resident artist Youry Vixamar brought his traditional Haitian drumming to blend with DJ Sabine Blaizin’s unique Afrobeat/Haitian Roots/House sounds at ShapeShifter Lab on October 17th, 2019.

Guests enjoyed authentic Haitian fritay provided by Ida J & Co and danced the night away to Afrobeats accompanied by Youry’s live drumming with a surprise impromptu performance by the wonderful Haitian singer James Germain.

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Chile Pepper Festival | Recap

09.29.19

In collaboration with Brooklyn Botanic Garden, Haiti Cultural Exchange presented several bands and vendors at their annual Chile Pepper Festival. This year’s theme was ‘N’awlins Flavored’ and given the close connection Haiti has to New Orleans it was only right that we add our own special spices to the mix!

Performances by Buyu Ambroise & The Blues In Red Band fusing jazz with traditional Haitian tunes and was followed by Plezi Rara, a Haitian band on foot who closed out the show.

Vendors included: Myabèl, Bazile Sauce, and Pierre’s Spicy Nut butter.

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Annual Garden Day at BQLT | Recap

09.15.19

On Saturday, September 14th HCX joined the Brooklyn Queens Land Trust in celebration of their Annual Garden Day. Catching up with the BQLT gardeners and their neighbors at 1100 Block Bergen Association Garden at the end of a long bike tour of Brooklyn community gardens, HCX brought vocalist Sheila Anozier accompanied by Okai Musik to bring a last kick of energy as we lounged in the garden and shared time with friends.

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