Fri 3/21: Big Night in Little Haiti

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Friday, March 21, 2014
Big Night in Little Haiti with Loray Mistik
Little Haiti Cultural Center

JUDE PAPALOKO and LORAY MISTIK this Friday at Big Night in Little Haiti
One of Miami's signature world music groups, Loray Mistik (The Mystic Thunder) has been making music for 22 years. Led by Jude Papaloko Thegenus, their sound mixes traditional Haitian voudou (raisin) rhythms, West African percussion, soukous, and rock and blues. The group is preparing for the release of their new record, Black and White. Loray Mistik was named "Best Haitian Band"by New Times Best of Miami. Thegenus, a true renaissance man, is also featured as the visual artist this month in the gallery. His music and art is a mystic life journey through the lens of Haitian vodou spirituality. 

Opening sets by Kazoots, a young indie-Haitian group which forms the continuation of Koleksyon Kazak, a 1980's Haitian voudou- jazz ensemble co-founded by Jan Sebon (Kazak International) and Yves "Boulou"Bertrand. Sebon's daughter, Inez Barlatier (rhythm guitar, vocals), and Boulou's son, Jayan Bertrand (lead guitar, vocal), fuse indie styles with the music of their upbringing.
Between sets, DJ Franky Mixalot.

In the gallery: Black and White - work by Jude Papaloko Thegenus. Born through deep meditative trance, his painting and sculptures are characterized by sinuous female forms that transmute into earth elements. Goddess figures flow into trees and sky. His works - haunting portraits and murals of Haitian life and mysticism, are included in the collections of numerous museums and cultural spaces worldwide, as well as at his respected Jakmel Gallery in Wynwood.

Bring some books to donate to the new "Little Free Libraries" program. Colorful boxes painted by Rara Kuyu (you love his murals at Tap Tap) adorn the Little Haiti launch of this national initiative, where neighbors can take and leave books for each other to share and read.

Delicious kreyol cuisine from Leela's Restaurant and ice cold Prestige Beer at the bar.
The hands-on art activities for kids are sponsored by Positive Impact Foundation / Kose Famn and Bass Museum of Art.

After show party at 7th Circuit Studios. This month, enjoy Rudy and Creole Fever; Army Gideon, and of course the Moksha Roots Allstars featuring Bagga Trak, Harry Laconte, Rene Bailey, Ryan B and many special guests. DJ Mello D, and even more treats in the back garden. 

The fun starts at 6:00 pm and, as always, is completely free to the public.