March 1, 2013

Big Night celebrates its second anniversary

A true giant of world music joins the celebration at Big Night in Little Haiti’s 2nd anniversary on March 15, 2013.  Afropop Worldwide, the award-winning syndicated Public Radio International program (heard in Miami every Sunday at 5pm on WDNA 88.9 FM), has been the definitive source of African music in the US.  Esteemed host Georges Collinet and the Afropop team will celebrate their 25th anniversary at Big Night in Little Haiti in the Little Haiti Cultural Center.

“I’m very excited about coming to Miami. I hear great things about Big Night Little Haiti,” says Collinet, a native of Cameroon, West Africa who now lives in the DC area. “I look forward to meeting our fans. It’s going to be fun dancing to Magnum Band!”

Legendary konpa group Magnum Band headlines the night.  Brothers Dadou and Tico Pasquet have led one of the longest running, most enthralling ensembles Haiti has ever produced. Founded in 1976 in Haiti and based in the US since the 1980s, Magnum Band has been developing the classic konpa sound for more than 35 years, with blazing guitars, jazzy horn arrangements, sophisticated phrasing, and socially conscious lyrics – an explosion of diverse beats and rhythms anchored in Caribbean culture.  The night opens with sophisticated folk music trio, Papy Joe Le Twoubadou.  DJ Mack of, the online source for Haitian music, spins tunes between sets.

The Little Haiti Cultural Center and the Haitian Cultural Arts Alliance have pulled together a stellar series of visual arts activities for this March edition.  In the gallery, Afrocuban artist Pepe Orbein exhibits “Indicime”.  The theater lobby hosts work by Spoken Soul Festival alumna.  The Alliance presents “Art in the Sky,” an interactive floating sculpture based on the work of notable Haitian-American artist Asser Saint-Val. And the popular family art corner this month is presented by Positive Impact Foundation and the Bass Museum.  Resident company Delou Dance Africa will host a drumming workship for kids.

As always, delicious kreyol cuisine is available for sale in the courtyard, from Little Haiti’s popular hotspot Leela’s Lakay.  The bar features ice cold Prestige Beer and other beverages.

The big party for Afropop complements the 2nd anniversary of Big Night.  Launched in March 2011 with major support from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, Big Night in Little Haiti has become a signature monthly event for the entire community, attracting thousands of people to enjoy the night.  Many of the top names in Haitian music, as well as some exciting newcomers, have played in the plaza of the beautiful Little Haiti Cultural Center.  The series was even awarded “Best Festival” by New Times Best of Miami 2012.  

Big Night in Little Haiti is a free event, scheduled from 6pm to 10pm, at the Little Haiti Cultural Center, 212 NE 59 Terrace in Miami.

Information: or (305) 960 2969

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