The Center for Traditional Music and Dance and its Haitian Community Cultural Initiative, Verite Sou Tanbou, invite you to "Jete Dlo (Libation)," another three-part series of educational programs on Haitian Vodou practice and performance in New York City. The first program in this series, "Ougenikon: The Role of the Singer," takes place on Saturday, March 14th, 2015 at 7:30pm, at The Great Room, South Oxford Space,138 South Oxford Street, in Brooklyn. In honor of women's history month, five New York-based Haitian Vodou songstresses--Rozna Zila, Riva Precil, Taïna Ligondé, Jocelyn Gay, and Ms. Zile--come together to perform and discuss what it means to be a singer in their families and communities. Introduced and hosted by singer/researcher Georges Vilson, author of the Kandelab anthologies of Haitian folk and Vodou songs, the program features drumming by Jean-Mary Brignol, Renald St. Juste, and Jean Emmanuel Blanchard, with special guests Michel Ligondé on drums and Regine Romain (duet vocals). Performances will be followed by an audience question-and-answer session and light refreshments.
The Jete Dlo (Libation) series continues in 2015 with two more programs in Brooklyn:
Friday, April 17th, 7PM
OUNTÒGI: THE ROLE OF THE DRUMMER
In collaboration with St. Francis College and curated/hosted by Gaston "Bonga" Jean-Baptiste, a group of New York's finest Haitian drummers demonstrate and discuss their artistry. FREE ADMISSION.
St. Francis College Black Box Theater
(Maroney Forum for Arts, Culture & Education, 7th floor)
180 Remsen Street, Brooklyn Heights.
Saturday, June 13th, 7PM
TAYE BANDA! (SHOW WHAT YOU CAN DO!)
A program of Haitian traditional dance, with a special tribute to
Support for "Jete Dlo (Libation)" is provided to the Center for Traditional Music and Dance and Verite Sou Tanbou by the National Endowment for the Arts, New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature, and New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, Con Edison, Fan Fox and Leslie R. Samuels Foundation, Gilder Foundation, Hearst Foundation, Mertz Gilmore Foundation, and the Scherman Foundation.
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