Konbit pou WaWa | Collective for WaWa

A Tribute and Fundraiser for Jacques M. Fortère

Note: We are accepting donations until the end of the year.

Konbit for WaWa seeks support for a tribute to Mr. Fortère, highlighting his achievements on behalf of Haitian music. It will raise additional funds to help him meet his health challenges. (See Donate button below left.) All gifts are tax-deductible. You will receive an acknowledgment from La Troupe Makandal, a 501(c)(3) organization.
      WaWa has been a cultural ambassador for Haiti. As a performer he endows the legacy of Vodou for current and future generations. We ask all sectors—artists, cultural advocates, sponsors, and fans—to join us in celebrating Mr. Fortère and using your networks to share the impact of his work and express deep appreciation for his contributions to the music of Haiti locally and globally.

We held our tribute  on November 3 at South Oxford Space in Brooklyn, where we presented him this certificate and donations.

Featured artists: NegBhatalah Drummers and Dancers with Lionel St. Surin and Jean St. Cyr,  and Ayiti Bluez

Mèsi, Ernst Sévère of Granchimen Cultural Center for escorting Mr. Fortère!

Meet the members of the Konbit for WaWa team.
And look at what donations you can receive on our Donation Gifts page.

Biography of Jacques Fortère

Let’s take a moment to meet the artist. Jacques Fortère was born in Port-au-Prince in 1937 of parents from Léogane. He spent some time at the Apprenticeship Center in St. Martin before enlisting in the Haitian army. His musical and artistic career began in Alfred Dorlette’s groups Sentimental and Gaiety. In 1965, WaWa collaborated with two outstanding figures of Haitian popular music: the orchestral saxophonists Némours Jean-Baptiste, and Wébert Sico. He founded the group WaWa et Les Camisoles Bleues, and later the celebrated Rasin Kanga.

A singer-songwriter and cultural interpreter, WaWa emphasizes and valorizes the traditional rhythms of Haiti free of commercial filters. He earned international acclaim with such works as his “L’enfer sur la terre” (“Hell on Earth”), a song published in 1966 in tribute to the great African American leader Martin Luther King, Jr. Many recall his stirring Christmas song, “Noel paysan.”

Read a bio of WaWa by Ed Rainer for Haïti Libeté here.
And learn more about him from this recent article in Le Nouvelliste.

View a video of his work with Les Camisoles Bleues below, and then check the YouTube playlist we are building for WaWa. If you can suggest an addition, please paste the link into the response section at the bottom of this page. Thank you!

Thank you in advance (mèsi davans) for your tax-deductible gift. Prefer to write a check? Write payable to La Troupe Makandal, Inc., and send to the Troupe at 621 Rutland Rd Apt 4C, Brooklyn NY 11203-1716. You will receive acknowledgment in postal mail.

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