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Entertainment

The principal entertainment that we will address in this section are Movies and comedies. There are many talent Haitian individuals performing in there areas. Some of them have reached the international level

Emeline Michel, Koralen, Jean-Claude Martineau and Edwidge Danticat at Big Night in Little Haiti

Emeline Michel, The Voice And An Acoustic Guitar

Emeline Michel, songwriter born and bred in Haiti, has always flaunted her Haitian roots and she says that the rhythm and lyrics of her 10 albums are all inspired by Haiti and its culture. She says that there is no other element present in her work and it is 100% pure just like Tropicana - a humorous comparison! The poetry-music blend of Emeline Michel at Big Night in Little Haiti is about giving international audience an experience of the Haitian culture without the need to visiting Haiti physically.

For 20 years, Emeline Michel - the vocalist and songwriter, has travelled intensively to help Haitian music spirit penetrate the hearts and souls of global audience. On April 19, she performed at monthly shindig of Little Haiti. This performance was the result of a partnership with O, Miami Poetry Festival.

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Rara Festival In Leogane in 2013

March 23, 2013, Haiti's Minister of Culture, Josette Darguste, met with URAL (Union of Rara of Léogâne) and Organizing Committee. Rara festivities are traditional national cultural festivals of Haiti that is similar to Easter Triduum and Lent celebrated by Christians. The theme under which the Rara was celebrated by the Léogânais this year was, "Rebwazman se zafè rara". The Martelly-Lamothe government gave it greater visibility. This visibility came as a commitment of the government to promote Haiti's identity development and it was also targeted towards ending the platitude of 'Other Regions vs. Republic of Port-au-Prince'.

The members of URAL and the Organizing Committee welcomed Director General of Ministry, his personal office members, Albert Chancy - Advisor to President of the Republic and various other honorary people of Haiti with the sounds of wind lines, bamboo and drums that were played by Rara Modèle d'Haïti group.

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Award Ceremony, Best Performers at Haiti National Carnival 2013

Haitian Minister of Culture, Josette Darguste awarded the winners of National Carnival, 2013 during the award ceremony held at Ibo Lele hotel. The award ceremony was marked by the presence of President Michel Martelly along with Sophia Martelly (his wife), Minister of Tourism, Stéphanie Villedrouin. Various other big-shot personalities were also present at the award ceremony. The three winners of the National Carnival were:

• Anbyans - received the 'Award of originality in the creation'.
• Djakout #1 - received the 'Award of best popular animation'.
• Orchestre Septentrional - received the 'Award of the perfomance'.

The winners were awarded with USD 15,000 check each. The groups Barikad, Zatrap, Team Lobey, T-Micky and T-vice were awarded with medals while Fils, Vorbes and NATCOM were awarded with certificates for the invaluable support they provided to National Carnival Cap-Haitien 2013.

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Sidney Poitier and his Haitian link

A country as rich in culture and history as Haiti must be in possession of great talent, the likes of which has graced world stages and dazzled on the silver screen. More commonly known to have Bahamian ancestry through both parents, Sidney Poitier has a claim to Haitian roots through his father.

In the biography of the actor, written by Carol Berman, it was said that, the family of Sidney Poitier had managed to trace their lineage back to the island of Haiti, where Sidney's father, Reginald Poitier's ancestors had been slaves on a sugar plantation until their escape from the country to the Bahamas. They would eventually settle on the Cat Islands, as his mother's family were also slaves on Bahamian plantations.

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Creole Choir of Cuba Caribbean's Best Export

Grammy-nominated Creole Choir of Cuba has launched their U.S tour in Tallahassee, Florida at the Ruby Diamond Concert Hall, much to the excitement of Florida State University students, fervent fans of their music.

The group Creole Choir of Cuba is composed of ten members, five male, five female. Residents of the Cuban community of Camaguey, one of the largest metropolitan areas in Cuba, they sing and play, communicating songs of Haitian folk legends from prior generations, going back over 200 years.

Forebears of Creole Choir of Cuba were displaced from Haiti to Cuba to toil under virtual slavery on sugar and coffee farms. This lasted until Fidel Castro came to power during the Cuban Revolution of 1959.

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Haiti Ayikodans Danse company in Miami

Haitian Dance Group Ayikodans By Haitian Choreographer Jeanguy Saintus

For the second time in two years the Ayikodans returned to Miami. The dance group once again exposed the cultural riches deeply buried in the people of Haiti.

Under the leadership of Jean Guy Saintus, the group of incomparable dancers presented an art piece that constitutes of the current European and American dance mixed with traditional African influence. The group has left behind the repetitive kind of dance and has adopted a complex spatial and original combination of moves. There performance comes with well-designed lighting and set pieces.

The performance brought back the reflections of the famous 2010 earthquake and the aftermaths. Anmwey Ayiti Manman was being played for the third year in a row but this year almost unrecognizable. This year's version was more emotional than physical; there was less dancing but more feelings. Pain, betrayal and lack of faith were depicted. This left the audience in agony. But Anmwey Ayiti Manman ended the performance with a clear massage exposing the persistence of the will to live.

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Don Kato denouncing government censoring of Carnival Songs

Don Kato of the Band Brothers Posse

The Haitian president Michel Martelly has received criticism for his move to censor carnival songs from Don Kato and others.

Carnival songs have in the past been performed to denounce bad governance and moon politicians. Carnival songs have also in the past been used to predict the political future of Haiti.

Martelly is now against carnival singers who are against his own governance. In his move Martelly has banned some artists from participating in this year's carnival festival, one of which is the popular musician Don Kato.

Before being a president, Martelly was himself a carnival singer; criticizing every poor government. Now the president is being accused of contradicting himself by trying to censor artist for doing what he did in the past.

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Two Haitian Films Selected For the 23rd Edition of the FESPACO

Jeux dangereux or Dangerous Game and Le chauffeur or Driver, are the two Haitian films that were officially selected (category Diaspora) for 23rd Pan-African Film & TV Festival of Ouagadougou (aka FESPACO or Festival panafricain du cinéma et de la télévision de Ouagadougou), 2013 that was held during 23rd February till 2nd March 2013 in Burkina Faso of West Africa. Antoine Boseny directed Jeux dangereux while Le chauffeur's director was Jean-Claude Bourjolly.

The finalists for category Diaspora were selected by the jury members Carlos Aguilar from Panama, Asha Lovelace of Trinidad & Tobago, Tanya Valette from Dominican Republic, Beti Ellerson from United States of America and Arnold Antonin from Haiti. Arnold Antonin is himself a filmmaker who won three Prix Paul Robeson of Best Film award at African Diaspora FESPACO in the years 2007, 2009 and 2011.

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Rara Festival a Three-Day Event Celebrating Political Freedom in Haiti

Haitian government officials, both national and local came together to plan for this year's Raras regional competion and ensuing festival which will run during a three-day event in Léogâne.

Raras is street music performed procession-style beginning Easter Week annually. Standard Caribbean instruments are augmented by a Raras trumpet, vaksen. The trumpets are constructed of either metal or bamboo materials. They are played by simultaneously tapping the trumpet and forcing air through it.

Raras began as an outgrowth of the slave revolt while Haiti was being colonized. African and Afro-Creole slaves of Saint Domingue started the Raras tradition, which lasted three days from Good Friday until Easter Monday.

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Rapper, Jean Marc Andre, Da Marco, left Barikad Crew to Master Sun

Rapper, Jean Marc Andre, Da Marco, left Barikad Crew

There has been long standing rumors of rapper Jean Marc Andre separating from rap group Barikad Group. Jean Marc Andre, also known as Da Marco, finally announced at a concert that he will no longer be a part of the biggest Haitian rap group. Da Marco mentioned that he has resigned from the rap band citing personal differences between him and his other band members.

Jean Marc Andre said that he had tendered his resignation to Barikad Group and will no longer be a part of the group. He also ended speculations of whether he would join another group or start a band of his own. Da Marco said that he had joined Master Sun. Da Marco seemed to have been very clear about his decision and also gave away reasons for his decision. He said that his band members were becoming increasingly jealous of his popularity that they were unable to achieve. He mentioned that he had made far more progress over a period of time than any of his band members.

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