Posts filed under ‘Haitian’
Come Take a Musically Unique and Highly Impassioned Tour of Haitian-Cuban Life, Such as It Was, before the Great Revoution of ’59 with the Creole Choir of Cuba: October 1st, Saturday @ 8:00 p.m.
Ever wonder just how difficult life could get for an impoverished immigrant in a foreign land? Well, get set to hold on to your hat because the Creole Choir of Cuba has come to really tell it like it was with an impassioned and gripping performance that will surly stir your emotions and inspire your senses. This enthusiastic ensemble of 10 vocalists tell their musical tales of hardship and endurance through a series of generally high-spirited inspirational songs and dances originating from Cuba, Haiti, and Dominica. Although there is some use of percussion instruments throughout their performance, the main focus is clearly upon a purely a capella somewhat gospel-like vocal style, that features an ever-present resounding bass-line which serves as a strong musical foundation. This group is known for their effective use of intriguing multi-layered harmonies set to Caribbean style rhythms, further embellished with contemporary Haitian musical touches for added audience appeal. The vast majority of the choir’s repertoire is sung in Creole. Widely spoken in Cuba, the language originated with the African slaves who were brought to the area and developed it through the practice of combining French, English, and Spanish words with those of their own native languages.
Each individual song in the choir’s repertoire is centered on an all important storyline, a little vignette as it were, of some aspect of everyday life in the existence of Haitian-Cuban sugar plantation workers during the late 18th, entire 19th, and mid-Twentieth centuries. Already brought to Haiti as enslaved Africans, they ultimately fled to Cuba, as a result of intolerable violence due to a Haitian slave revolt, either to continue on as slaves or as immigrants forced to live in little better than slave-like conditions until the Cuban revolution of 1959 freed them from a life wrought with the ill-effects of harsh discrimination. Each and every choir member is a direct descendant of these people, singing the very songs that were sung by their ancestors and directly handed down through generations. Needless to say, this speaks to the authenticity of each and every performance as well as it emotional purity. The group remains steadfast in their mission to effectively communicate the true-to-life stories of their ancestors to the rest of the world through their most passionate music, an endeavor that in recent years has become infinitely more relevant on a personal level as a down swing in the Cuban economy has left much of the present day Haitian-Cuban community, once again sadly, in somewhat of an impoverished state. But the Creole Choir of Cuba stands firm in their faith in the power of music to forever uplift even the most disheartened of spirits, just as it did for their ancestors all those years ago. I, myself, believe in that power as well!
It is on the heals of an extremely well-received performance at the prestigious WOMAD world music festival in the United Kingdom this past summer, that the Creole Choir of Cuba comes to Boston as part of their first US tour. There is no other music ensemble in all of Cuba that matches their unique style. So come to their Boston performance well prepared to be highly educated, truly inspired, and most-of-all musically satisfied.
When: October 1st, Saturday @ 8:00 p.m.
Where: Somerville Theatre (Davis Square)
Tickets: $28.00 (Purchase info)
More Info: 617-876-4275 (Phone)/617-876-9178 (Fax)/
Hey World Music Fans! Enjoy Not One But Two Seperate Venues for World Music Entertainment in One Evening @ Boston’s New Year’s Eve Masked Ball: December 31st, Friday (9:00 p.m. – 2:00 a.m.)
There promises to be lots and lots of world music activity at the New Year’s Eve 2011 Bal Masque. This event, sponsored by V-World Enterprises, Roy Afrique, and Night Life Executives will be held at the Embassy Suites Hotel Boston which is actually located near the airport. Don your mask and dance the night away to a variety of world music, provided by internationally renown DJs. There will also be a live band playing, who is yet to be announced, as well as some additional music genres of a more Western nature including R&B, Top 40, mashups, and soul. In addition to a complimentary mask (masque), party guests will also receive additional favors, “surprise gifts”, hors d’ouevres, and a glass of champagne to toast in the new year. In order to enjoy some of the best tables in the house, it is recommended that one purchase VIP tickets or arrive at the event early.
Let DJs Super Duke, Charlie B, Kid Afrik, and BZ Fingaz be your hosts for a jam-packed evening of ethnic music. Party goers will have a choice of 3 different venues in which to enjoy all this great entertainment, and no less than 2 of them will be dedicated strictly to world music! The Zoukonpa Room will feature the sounds of zouk, konpa, kizomba, reggae, and an additional mixture of Caribbean vibes. The Afrique Room will host coupe decale, naija, soukous, ndom bolo, and other world music genres. So, if you like dancing to a wholesome variety of world music, then what are you waiting for? Purchase your tickets now!
When: December 31st, Friday (9:00 p.m. – 2:00 a.m.)
Where: Embassy Suites Hotel Boston (East Boston)
Tickets: $30.00 (with purchase of 3 or more by 12/25) / $35.00 (all other purchases)
More Info: 781-473-0274 or 781-333-8423
Dance Around the World at Tamboo Bistro and Nightclub – Weekly Saturday Evenings (10:00 p.m. – 2:00 a.m.)
In my opinion, the best feature of a Saturday evening of dancing at Tamboo is its international appeal. This weekly dance party, hosted by djs Adilson and Nando, will get you moving in the form of such African/Latin/Caribbean influenced dance styles as zouk, funana, kompa, and kudoro. But the entertainment doesn’t stop here, as they will also be “spinning” world music from various other parts of the globe as well to add further interest and variety to your evening. I want to emphasize here that the atmosphere at Tamboo, in Brockton, is that of an “upscale” after hours celebration, so be sure and dress appropriately.
Come early for dinner and you will be treated to fine Haitian or Continental Nouveau cuisine. For starters there’s Haitian fried meatballs with Creole sauce, followed by Caribbean spiced salmon with yellow peppers, sautéed in white wine and orange juice, to be finished off with “Paradisio”, a mango/passionfruit and coconut mousse, over a vanilla genoise, topped with chocolate strips and cape gooseberry. Make sure you check out the rest of the menu here. Sounds like a great night of international entertainment and food alike!
When: Weekly Saturday evenings (10:00 p.m. – 2:00 a.m.)
Admission: No cover charge listed (21+ only)
More Info: 508-584-8585
Help Others in Need, Get Exercise, and Enjoy a Celebration of Haitian Culture: Join in the Annual Benefit Walk for Haiti (Saturday, March 27th @12:00 p.m.)
Listen to Zili Misik.
Since 2004, Partners in Health has sponsored an annual walk in order to raise funds to support the educational needs of Haiti’s impoverished youth. For obvious reasons however, this year these funds are more crucial than ever to the survival of the school system in a nation that has always been considered one of the poorest in the world, even before disaster struck. For further information on the specific goals established with respect to fundraising efforts for this year as well as some interesting background on the Urban Walk for Haiti, you can visit the event web site. This year’s activities will commence at St. Paul’s Church in Harvard Square where there will be plenty of native cultural entertainment on hand. Walkers will enjoy Haitian food, crafts, music, dancing, and more. I can already assure you that the music will be spectacular as one of the featured bands on stage will be local global fusion sensations Zili Misik, who just happen to be named after the Haitian spirit Ezili. Twice the winner in the world music category of the Boston Phoenix Award and also a winner of the Boston Music Award they are easily one of the area’s most popular music acts. The walk itself is a leisurely 3 miles along the Charles River and suitable for all, whether you are an ardent exercise buff or a casual stroller. Speaking of strollers, you can even take the baby along on this one! So, why not take in some great world music while partaking of the chance to help others who are so desperately in need. What a great way to usher in the upcoming spring season.
Where: St. Paul’s Church (Harvard Square)
Haitian Relief Benefit Concert at Johnny D’s: Don’t Miss International Star & Haitian Singing Icon Emeline Michel in a Special Appearance – February 18th, Thursday @ 7:30 p.m.
Listen to Emeline Michel.
On Thursday evening, February 18th, Johnny D’s in Somerville is the place to be for fantastic world music and dancing fun. All of the proceeds from this Haitian relief benefit concert will go to support Oxfam America in their efforts to bring much needed aide to the citizens of this country in crisis. Headlining the show will be one of Haiti’s biggest and brightest stars ever, songstress Emeline Michel, to be accompanied by Boston’s local world music greats Zili Misik, Samba Tremeterra, and Alex Alvear.
Singing sensation Emeline Michel has been dubbed “The Queen of Haitian Song” and is enjoying a stellar career spanning over two decades thus far. Also an accomplished songwriter and producer, she has endeared countless fans of her native homeland and world-wide with her mesmerizing stage presence and trademark style, which is a blend of traditional Haitian beats such as compas, rara, and twoubadou and other genres including, jazz, pop, bossa nova, and samba. All this is punctuated with wildly popular socially concious, uplifting, and though-provoking lyrics.
From gospel singer at her local church, Michel’s career has propelled her to national stardom, not only in her native Haiti, but where she has lived elsewhere in her travels, including France, Canada, and the United States. She has gone on to become a favorite amongst singing fans in the Caribbean area and world-wide, as well. After landing numerous recording contracts in all of the countries where she has worked during this lengthy career, she has now formed her own production company, Production Choral De Feu, in order to better project her own pure artistic vision to the rest of the world. This vision has earned her such honorable performance invitations as to be the leading act at former president Clinton’s 2006 Clinton Global Initiative, a prestigious gathering of over 2,000 of the world’s most influential leaders and philosophers.
Don’t miss out on what promises to be a night of fabulous entertainment. Best if all, its for such a great cause!
More Info: 617-776-2004
Help World Music Help Haiti: 6 Hour Mega Benefit Concert in Boston – Sunday, January 24th from 3:00 – 9:00 p.m.
The Massachusetts Haitian American Earthquake Task Force needs your support in their efforts to bring relief to the thousands of our fellow human beings affected by this month’s terrible earthquake disaster! As you know, if you read this blog regularly, I am totally and enthusiastically in favor of world music being employed as a catalyst of world-wide aide. The funds raised from this event will go to those organizations currently involved in Haitian earthquake relief efforts. Please, please help if you can, by attending this 6 hour event, even if just for a little while. You have part of both the afternoon and evening to fit it into your schedule if you can.
There will be lots of marvelous entertainment including international and national Haitian guest stars, gospel choirs, local world musicians, and child-oriented performances as well. Also on hand, will be literary and visual artists from the Haitian Artists Assembly of Massachusetts (HAAM) selling their works and donating the proceeds to this most important humanitarian cause.
When: January 24th – Sunday from 3:00 – 9:00 p.m.
Where: Madison Park High School (Roxbury)
More Info: 617 – 698 – 6360 OR Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
So far, this is the performance line-up: