In last April, Rhythm Foundation announced that after a 5 year run, the organizers have run out of money; they cannot anymore organize monthly festivals of music, art, food, and culture. There will be no gBig Night in Little Haitih which was for some years since 2012, a big event with some of the most important names in the Haitian community -- musicians, artists, and activists--a free party to participate third Friday, every month.
The event started in 2012 with a financial support, of gone year grant of $125,000h from Knight Foundation. The foundation again provided $120,000 to cover expenses for 2013 and 2014. And finally in 2015, Knight Foundation provided another $60,000 which dried up in September.
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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