"Music is the soul that makes the planet dance, and every third Friday of the month, Little Haiti shakes its hips, waves its hands, stomps its feet, and thanks the stars." – New Times Best of Miami – Best Festival 2012!
Presented by Madame Gougousse Foods - www.facebook.com/bignightlittlehaiti
Poet, guitarist, statesman, folksinger – Manno Charlemagne has been a voice of the Haitian people for more than 30 years. His music stems from the folk twoubadou style, anchored by his love of sophisticated jazz and world rhythms and his baritone voice.
Manno Charlemagne will present a lecture at Florida International University Latin American and Caribbean Center on Thursday July 19th, 10 AM to noon, in the Green Library Room 220. LACC presents the Haitian Summer Institute each year, offering students from around the world the opportunity to study Haitian language and culture. For details about this 15th annual Haitian Summer Institute, visit LACC online.
- Capoeira Show (6 pm) – Featuring the young stars from LHCC capoeira dance class to open the night
- Amigos Do Samba (6:30 pm) is a group of musicians who began jamming together together after taking music lessons at the Antonio Adolfo School of Music. Starting from classic Brazilian samba – the street music of Rio de Janeiro – the group delves into the range of Brazil's cultural music. Their sounds range from raw drumming to refined choro, from candomblé to capoeira. And of course they guarantee listeners will be dancing.
- Manno Charlemagne (8 pm) and his band live in concert in the plaza
- Mizikpam, your online Haitian and world music radio station, with DJ Mack, between sets. [Mizikpam.com]
- LHCC Young Artists Series – Camp Discovery: Around The World in a Summer in the gallery
- Family Art Corner by Positive Impact Foundation
- A raffle of goodies from our sponsor, Madame Gougousse: a basket with with their famous jasmine scented rice, cooking oil, coconut milk, plantain chips, seasoning, and more.
- Haitian Food and Drinks for sale, including delicious Prestige Beer
- Free Secured parking
7th Circuit Studios welcomes you to enjoy their gallery and boutique, just across from the Center at NE 59th Street, 6PM – 10PM. 228 NE 59 Street, Miami. They host the after show jam, starting at 10PM, featuring the Moksha Roots All Stars and special guests. [Moksha website]
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Looking ahead: Big Night in Little Haiti, Friday August 17th
World music Haitian roots from Jan P Jam, and Rasin Lakay. Rasin Lakay, featuring members of Little Haiti's own Rara group, is just back from a performance at pre-Olympics ceremonies in England!
BIG NIGHT IN LITTLE HAITI is produced by The Rhythm Foundation and The Little Haiti Cultural Center. Support is received from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation's Knight Arts Challenge Grant. Additional support is received from Madame Gougousse Foods, Florida International University's Latin American and Caribbean Center, AmericanAirlines, Sak Pase Media, 1580 AM WSRF, 1600 AM WHTY, Prestige Beer, City of Miami, and Miami-Dade Department of Cultural Affairs.