Friday 5/20: Big Night in Little Haiti

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Beethova Obas at Big Night in Little Haiti - free night of music and art
A very Big Night in Little Haiti this Friday, May 20th, 6PM - 10PM: FREE concert in the plaza by revered Haitian singer-songwriter Beethova Obas
Opening set Rosamora
Little Haiti Cultural Center  212 NE 59th Terrace, Miami 33137
(305) 960-2969

Also at the Center:

  • Opening ofContemporary 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 from Chef Creole and Spuntino
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 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 both 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.
Beethova Obas online

Some of my favorite songs from him:

7th Circuit Studios (across the street), 228 NE 59 Street, Miami
Open Studio (free) 6pm - 10pm
10pm ($10):  Jan Sebon + Kazak International, Moksha Family Roots Collective, Niyabingi Drummers, DJ Moses, Live painting by Brandon Paul, visuals by VJ Care, Tibe of the Red Moon