Big Night in Little Haiti 5/20/11

Big Night in Little Haiti!
Friday, May 20, 2011. 6:00 – 10:00 p.m.
Little Haiti Cultural Center
212 NE 59th Terrace
Miami, FL 33137

FREE Concert in the Plaza by Haitian Singer-songwriter Beethova Obas
In the Gallery: Opening Exhibit of Contemporary Haitian Textiles

Beethova Obas builds upon Haiti’s rich diverse traditions – the elegant contribution of French chanson, African roots music, lyrical Caribbean dance rhythms. Here is world music at its best – a true fusion that speaks strongly of Haiti even as it incorporates Brazilian, Cuban, and jazz stylings. Beethova received his name, foretelling a musical future, from his father the renowned painter Charles Obas. His father was murdered under the Duvalier regime, while Beethova was still a teen.

He became determined to carry out his father’s wish, that he become a great musical artist. Over the past 30 years, his music has become a symbol of courage and of serenity. In between ballad-like melodies and rhythmic African beats, he shares his life’s story with powerful lyrics and colorful tones. He is now working with his brother Emanuel, also a singer and visual artist, and has been active in humanitarian work since last year’s earthquake.

Also at the Center:
Opening of Contemporary Haitian Textiles exhibit, presented with the Haitian Cultural Arts Alliance
FIU College of Arts and Architecture / TAG Project: hands on activity to create wearable art and shoes for the children of Haiti
Mural project by MLK Community artists
Arts and crafts vendors -Food & Drinks

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