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About makandal1758

Makandal channels multiple media to educate and enlighten the public about Haiti, the Haitian diaspora, and all those touched by the rich legacy of Haiti. The company's activities include research, archiving, theatrical productions, and the promotion of artists.

The Year of the Rising Sun

I am Gede, eternal figure in black, master of the abyss into which the sun sinks. I make the days grow short and the nights grow long. You perforce will cross the threshold of my palace, the tomb and the … Continue reading

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Makandal presents A Trip to Vodou Jazz

In Memory of Frisner Augustin1948 – 2012 Saturday, June 25, 2022 8 pm (Doors open at 7:15) Rooftop Terrace @ Brooklyn Commons 495 Flatbush AvenueLittle Caribbean in Flatbush, Brooklyn (map) Photo by Chantal Regnault, 1987

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Vodou Jazz! Makandal’s Newest Audio Release

It’s never too late for a new discovery. In re-mixing and digitizing Makandal’s album Èzili we found a track that had not been included in the original 1986 release. Frisner Augustin composed “Vodou Jazz” in the zepòl style and performed … Continue reading

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Vintage Vodou from the Makandal Archive

Donk, lè m antre Nouyòk, mwen deside pou m fè plak. Sa k fè m te deside pou m fè plak se te yon afè… Kòmsi m ta di w, yon bagay m te gen nan mwen menm pou m … Continue reading

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Ti Ayiti, Alaso! Little Haiti, Charge!

From Boukman’s command to listen to the voice of liberty that speaks in the hearts of us all to the strains of “Grenadye, alaso!” in Haiti’s final battle for independence to the spicy pulse of rara bands spanning the Brooklyn … Continue reading

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We Remember: A Community Memorial for Those We Lost in the Time of COVID

Tuesday, June 8, 2021, 6–9 PM EDT at Greenwood Cemetery, Brooklyn Join Makandal as it takes part in We Remember, an interactive memorial honoring the lives of some 52,000 New Yorkers who left us in the time of COVID-19. Greenwood … Continue reading

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Call the Drum Spirit 2017

Presented by Makandal, in partnership with the Center for Traditional Music and Dance (CTMD) and the Eugene Lang College at The New School Info+Tickets

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Save the Date! Call the Drum Spirit 2017

Featuring The Makandal Drummers Fanmi Asotò, with Master Drummer Fanfan Tanbou René Djarara Co-sponsored by the Center for Traditional Music and Dance Admission and address details to come This program is made possible, in part, with funds from the New York … Continue reading

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Tales from the Archive: A Message from Ti Kelep

The waistcoat was one of Frisner’s favorites, and he wore it often on stage. A basic black, it featured two welt pockets, a pointed front, and a closure that he never buttoned down—banking, of course, on the sex appeal of … Continue reading

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Banbòch Gede! Gede Bash! Celebrate the Day of the Dead, Haitian Style

Makandal invites you to dance with the dead and rise again! Saturday, November 19, 8 pm – 1:30 am Tafari Tribe Globe Trade, 593 Flatbush Avenue, Brooklyn (map) For the third year in a row, we present our Banbòch Gede, … Continue reading

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