KreyolFest: 5 Reasons Why You Should Be Going

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Each year, the publication The Haitian Times stages Kreyolfest, a music festival to introduce and showcase Haitian music and bands to New York. This year’s Kreyolfest show is going to take place in Wingate Park in Brooklyn on June 28th. DJ Fabulous Fabby will be in charge of the turntables for the day. Kreyolfest 2015

Not sure whether you should go? Besides church, there’s no better place to be on that date. Here’s why…

1. You’re a domino master, or would like to see domino masters at work
Oh, yeah…that game with those little rectangles…you probably have seen some of your Brooklyn, Miami or Chicago uncles play it. And perhaps you know how to play? Well, you can show the whole world just how good you are by participating in the Kreyolfest Domino Tournament. Winners will be given cash prizes. What fabulous way to make pocket money!

2. You can take advantage of a free check-up
A health fair will be in motion during the festivities. Get a handle on your blood pressure, your vision, the health of your ears and nasal passages. Where else can you go, jam and take care of your well-being at the same time?

Kreyolfest

3. See Tonton Bicha

You know you and your grandma watched I Love You Anne until you could recite—parrot-like practically—the movie’s entire script. Come see Tonton Bicha, one of the sources of the laughter. As the host of the festival, he’s bound to crack a good joke or two.

Wanito

Left: Singer-songwriter Wanito
4. Come support Haitian music and Haitian artists

Whether you can name-drop the names of a few Haitian bands, or whether you’re just now getting acquainted with Haitian music, Kreyolfest is the place to get your Haitian music on. Scheduled to perform are the bands System Band, Zin, Phantoms, Kreyol La, Djakout Mizik, Wanito, Kool Off, Tania Ligonde, and Lakou. If some or just a few of these names are familiar to you…all the more reasons to go!

5. Get A Taste of Culture

The Mabina Dancers, a dancing troupe directly from West Africa will be on hand to show off some traditional dance moves. According to anthropologists, a great many of the Haitians’ African ancestors came from the Congo, so get ready for some serious cultural connection. Paintings, and craft by Haitian artists are also part of the cultural experience.

So, kindly mark your calendars! In the meantime, you can keep up with Kreyolfest, by following The Haitian Times….

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ABOUT K. St FortK. St. Fort is the Editor and Founder of, well, Kreyolicious.com and wishes to give you a heartfelt welcome to her site. She loves to read, write, and listen to music and is fascinated by her Haitian roots, and all aspects of her culture. Speaking of music, she likes it loud, really, really loud. Like bicuspid valve raising-loud. Her other love are the movies. She was once a Top 50 finalist for a student screenwriting competition, encouraging her to continue pounding the pavement.She has completed several screenplays, with Haiti as the backdrop, one of which tackles sexual abuse in an upper middle class Haitian family, while another has child slavery as its subject. She is currently completing another script, this time a thriller, about two sisters who reunite after nearly 10 years of separation. A strong believer in using films to further educational purposes, and to raise awareness about important subjects, she has made it a point to write about social issues facing Haiti, and making them an integral part of her projects.She has interviewed such Haitian-American celebrities as Roxane Gay, Garcelle Beauvais, Jimmy Jean-Louis, Briana Roy, Karen Civil, and many, many more.And that’s her writing this whole biographical sketch. She actually thinks writing about herself in the third person is cute.MY WEBSITEKreyolicious ™: kree-ohl-lish-uh s: Surely an adjective…the state of being young, gorgeous, fine and utterly Haitian. Kreyolicious.com™, the hub for young, upwardly mobile Haitian-Americans, is akin to a 18th Century cultural salon but with a Millennium sensibility–an inviting lair, where we can discuss literature, music, problems facing the community, and everything on the side and in-between.Kreyolicious is the premier lifestyle, culture and entertainment blog and brand of the hip, young, trend-oriented, forward thinking Haitian-American. It’s the definite hot spot to learn more about Haiti our emerging identity as a people, and explore our pride and passion about our unique and vibrant culture. Within the site’s pages, Kreyolicious.com is going to engage you, empower you, and deepen your connection to everything Haitian: the issues, the culture, our cinema, the history, our cuisine, the style, the music, the worldwide community.Make yourself at home in my cultural salon. If you’re looking to learn more about Haiti, Kreyolicious.com invites you to board this trolley on a journey–on our journey. For me too, it is a process, a non-ending cultural odyssey. If you’re already acculturated, I can certainly learn something from you. We can learn from one other, for certain.With my site, Kreyolicious.com I look forward to inspiring you, to enriching you, and to participating alongside of you, in the cultural celebration. And being utterly kreyolicious.How do you wear your kreyoliciousness? On your sleeves, like I do?Kreyoliciously Yours,Your girl K. St. Fort,Ahem, follow me elsewhere!

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