Haitian Independence Festival Review

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Liline
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Haitian Independence Festival Review

Post by Liline » Thu Jan 26, 2006 12:40 am


Hi everyone! :) I went to Miami this weekend and had a chance to go to the Festival, and just wanted to share my review with everyone.

I wasn't expecting much in this festival, like many people have said, go to one festival and you've been to all of them. And of course that's pretty much what happened. But I did enjoy myself.


General thoughts on the whole thing.


Premyèman, m panse li tan pou moun k'ap òganize festival sa yo deside pou kiyes y'ap fè festival sa yo prensipalman, eske se pou Ayisyen prensipalman epi apre sa pou lot pèp, ouswa se pou pèp Ameriken an prensipalman. M remake yo bay 2 mesye fè animasyon, men apenn si yo di 5 fraz kreyol pandan tout pwogram lan. Sak pi tiye m lan, yo pede ap fe nou konnen ke moun Ayiti ap gade an direk, chak fwa yo di bagay sa, m panse ke se trè malere ke majorite Ayisyen ki ap gade sa sou televizyon Ayi
ti pap konprann anyen nan sa neg sa yo ap rakonte sou stage lan.... I get it that for whatever reason they might want one person also speaking English, but I think it's crazy that in a Haitian Festival, whatever festival that may be, the host do not host in Creole. I would think you would speak more creole and maybe add English here and there, what ever happened to "representing" HAITI ?

Imajine nou, y'ap fe yon konkou dans sou stage lan, non selman se mizik Ameriken neg yo deside pase pou 2 medam yo, lè denye fi a mande pou yon mizik Ayisyen, youn nan mesye yo konmanse di l ke yo pap pase "creole music" pou fi a danse, a la fen, DJ vin pase yon mizik Ayisyen kan menm pou dam lan. M twouve sa trè dwol ke neg la te soti pou di li fi a non li paka mande mizik Ayisyen, men an menm tan li di fi a se Ayisyen ou ye, fok ou "represent".

Yon lòt pwoblem se DJ yo...Once again, I get that for whatever reason you might want to play a few non-Haitian music during the break, but for the whole thing? Am I
to understand that these DJ's couldn't find any Haitian music that could rock the crowd? That only Rap or Reggae songs can get the crowd going? Chak ane se menm penpenp sa, yo pa janm vle jwe mizik Ayisyen pandan "break" yo.

I think it's only logical that in a HAITIAN Festival, you put emphasis on the Haitian Culture.

Bref...moving on...

One thing I really liked was the Rara There was a Bann Rara going randomly around the Festival grounds and jamming. Now there's a part of our Haitian Culture you can't deny :-D I found myself being pulled over and over again to them. Trust me it was more interesting then what was going on on the stage during break times. I liked that part, that's a definite positive.


I'll put the performance reviews next...

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Post by Liline » Thu Jan 26, 2006 12:44 am

I got to the park right as K-Dans started to play, so I missed the Hangout performance only.

I'll try not to be too biased about the K-Dans performance, considering I'm still upset Jude Jean is no longer part of it.

K-Dans did fine. It's nothing new. I hope no one expected that because they have a new singer they will all of a sudden blow up at the Festival just weeks after he showed up. In any case, nothing special, and definitely nothing different than when Jude was there. For me to be a little positive, I'll say, he did sound very close to Jude's voice when he was singing "Ki Lang ou Pale", se pa pou di, he sings as good as Jude non (I'll have to hear him at a bal first), just that his voice didn't ruin the song, it was close enough to Jude's style to not ruin the experience for me. And I will admit he gave 100% up there, sote, ponpe, chante kont li. Hey coming fro
m me, it's a big step. :-D


509 came on next, well let's just say I was either walking around or sitting down their whole performance. 509 has yet to do anything to really catch my attention. I'm not saying they are no good, just that they have yet to catch and keep my attention.


Zin came on, they did ok. Fok djaz yo konn ki rèpètwa pou yo jwe nan yon festival. Men m panse petet Zin gen rezon pa yo ki fe yo deside jwe kek nan mizik yo jwe yo. The old hits for example, I think those are just safe songs for them. Those songs were such hits, that you can't go wrong with playing them. The crowd will enjoy them. But I still think it's best if some of these bands figured out ways to hype up their performances for these festivals.


Krezi Mizik did pretty good. Delice is a very talented guitar player, m fin tonbe pou li net mwen. :-D Sa ki jwe tanbou a menm, Sergo I think, m renmen we l tou. Th
ey had a good idea with trying to put him on the spotlight at the very end of their gig in the middle of the stage. I think they should work on that some more to give it more of a wow factor, cause it can be a very good act to add to their festival gigs.


T-Vice was definitely one of the best performances that night. If I had to pick the best of the night it would probably be them. Of course it's not like they had anything that special, they just really know how to hype up a crowd, even if I did have to hear "Helicopter" for the millionth and one time I still enjoyed it.


Carimi did pretty good, another one of the best of the night. They've come a long way from their first Festival performances. They seem to be getting the hang of it. Now it's just a question keeping at it to get better.


Djakout, I must say surprised the heck out of me, and not in the good sense. I'm so used to having Dj
akout kill at these performances, that I was sure they would rock this time too. M pa konn sa k rive yo fwa sa, but I was disappointed. Lack of preparation, maybe? Epi menm jan ak Poza, m pa konprann ki foli yo te genyen pou se ak mizik Bob Marley yo konmanse pèfomans yo a. In any case, I was there when they forced Jean Raimond to cut the sound, Because of the fight, the cops were on their case. But, that to me, is still not an excuse to why, when they did have a chance to play, they didn't do their best. They didn't suck of course, but they dropped the ball on this one.



Like I said before, all in all I had lots of fun at the Festival. Hanging out with my friends and family, and I must admit Henessey t'ap tonbe agogo :lol: LOL

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Post by admin » Thu Jan 26, 2006 11:10 am

What a wonderful review, Liline. I felt like I was there. The review is unabashedly personal, " bien épicé ", " avèk anpil koulè lokal ".

Please review more parties for us.

Were you at the First Haitian Jazz Music Festival? I suppose Linou and Lynou party together... :P ? If you were, it may not be too late to give us your impressions.

By the way, between Linou (Liline?) and Lynou (Carline?), it's easy to lose track (especially when you are an easily distractable guy like me). Which one of you had promised to enter some new recipes in the Cuisine section? Whoever did, pwomès se dèt!

Anyway, I thoroughly enjoyed your review of the Haitian Independence Festival Festival review. I don't want to impose, but I hope we'll be seeing a lot more of you on Ann Pale.

I sign off with a :D ,
Guy

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Post by Liline » Thu Jan 26, 2006 3:12 pm

Hey Guy :D

Glad you enjoyed the review :) I will do my best to come give my reviews more often :)


Unfortunately I wasn't able to go to the Haitian Jazz Fest in NY :( ... Se pa de regret Lynou pa fe m regret lè l'ap esplike m konman sa te bèl, ti mechan an... But I will be going to the one next year

As for the recipes...Depi ou di yon bagay ki gen rapò a fè manje, ou te met tou konnen se pa Linou(liline) men Lynou(Carline) :lol: ...I'll track her down for you :wink: :D

M'ap fè tout posib mwen pou m vin ekri la pi souvan, m gen move abitid vin li, men pa gen tan reponn anyen. Menm lè ou pa wè m, konnen m pa lwen :D


P.S. Thank you for the smilies :D Have you noticed yet how much I love them? :lol: Trust me you will-- LOL.


Keep smiling everyone :D

Post by » Wed Feb 01, 2006 11:53 pm

Martine, zanmi mwen, se chans ou jodi a. Detanzantan, mwen chwazi yon entèvansyon sou fowòm lan pou mwen pwofite resòti kèk prensip ekriti ofisyèl kreyòl la. Kidonk, se boul pa w la ki soti jodi premye fevriye a.

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Mwen reelment d'accord avek sa ou di-a, franchement Haitien ginyin gro problem. Yo toujou mete culture pa etranger sou tet prop culture pa yo.
Chanje l kon sa:

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Mwen reyelman dako avek sa ou di a, franchman Ayisyen genyen gwo pwoblem. Yo toujou mete kilti pa etranje sou tet pwop kilti pa yo.
Pou sa pi bèl menm, ou kapab aprann ajoute aksan yo. Lò sa, men ki jan fraz la te kab parèt:

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Mwen reyèlman dakò avèk sa ou di a, franchman Ayisyen genyen gwo pwoblèm. Yo toujou mete kilti pa etranje sou tèt pwòp kilti pa yo.
Se Pwofesè Pistach ki te di mwen pase mesaj sa ba ou. Li di m ou s
e moun li, kidonk ou pap gen pwoblèm ak ti leson kreyòl sa.

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