Friday, September 20, 2013 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Location: Little Haiti Cultural Center
A night of two styles of Haitian music – classic konpa and folksy twoubadou.
Direct from the golden age of classic Haitian konpa come Les Freres Dejean. Formed in Haiti in 1963 by Lyonel Dejean, the group was originally called The Brothers of Petionville. Maestro Lyonel and his brothers played elegant dance parties and concerts alongside their colleagues in other legendary orchestras of the day, the Shleu Shleu All Stars, The Ambassadors and more, forging a new rhythm from their shared love of big band jazz, Haiti’s rich musical heritage and Caribbean dance rhythms like merengue and Cuban son. The group’s discography, dating back to their first release in 1974, tells the full story of konpa. The group, now based primarily in South Florida, have become revered statesmen of the genre, yet still promise to bring the crowd to their feet in concerts.
Young folk-influences group Aroze Twoubadou [text]
Between bands, enjoy DJ Mack of Mizikpam.com
The night will featuring delicious kreyol cuisine from Leela’s Lakay, ice cold Prestige Beer at the bar, and more.
The hands-on art activities for kids are sponsored by Positive Impact Foundation / Kose Famn.
Big Night in Little Haiti takes place every 3rd Friday, free, at the Little Haiti Cultural Center. Major support is provided by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation and Boom. Additional sponsors and partners include Prestige Beer, FIU Latin American and Caribbean Center, FIAT of North Miami, AmericanAirlines, The Miami Foundation, City of Miami and Miami-Dade Department of Cultural Affairs.