Haiti Cultural Exchange (HCX) will host “Pwezi ak Mizik Anba Tonèl”—an evening of poetry and music under the stars, with sounds by Tiga Jean Baptiste, interspersed with spoken word performances by Jeffrey “Mr. Jeff Dess” Dessources (English), Schneider Laurent (Kreyòl), and Billy Midi (Kreyòl). This event takes place on Saturday, August 26, from 6:00 to 9:00pm, at Westbrook Memorial Garden (1233 Pacific Street, Brooklyn, New York).
HCX announced that the night will begin with a Poetry Open Mic. If you are interested in participating, be sure to arrive before 6:30pm to sign up. (Limited seating will be available. You are encouraged you to bring your own blankets or lawn chairs.)
Featured artist: For Tiga Jean Baptiste, music is a family tradition. At a young age, he began drumming at various events in Haiti with his father Bonga, master of the Haitian drum. With the help of famed Haitian Jazz saxophonist Thurgot Theodat, Tiga soon began to master a variety of Haitian wind instruments, as well as the Australian didjeridoo, and the Mbira from the Shona people of Zimbabwe. Staying true to his Haitian roots, Tiga has worked with many of Haiti’s most respected artists, including Emeline Michel and Jean-Paul Bourelly. He has also successfully ventured into high-profile collaborations with Grammy award winner John Legend, Wyclef Jean, and Grace Jones.