Ayiti, nou bezwen yon bagay rekonsilyasyon de kilti pou Ayiti. E l ap fè tou. Li gen pou l fèt. Paske tout moun ap gade sou lame, ap gade sou prezidan, ap gade sou jeneral… Yo poko janm di, “Bon, ann reyini tout mizisyen ansanm. Ann reyini tout Vodouwizan ansanm.”
Haiti, for Haiti we need peace through culture. And it will happen, too. It has to happen. Because everyone is looking toward the army, toward the president, toward the general… They’ve never yet said, “Good, let’s bring all the musicians together. Let’s unite all the Vodouists.”
—Frisner Augustin, interview with Lois Wilcken, 25 August 1994, Brooklyn
Don’t you want to help make Frisner’s vision a reality?
In this message we appeal to you for a donation. Read three reasons—and we’re sure you can think of others—relevant to our uncertain times.
- For more than thirty years Makandal has persistently and openly represented Vodou, a vibrant, healing spiritual practice, yet an object of racist bigotry and persecution.
- Through music and dance programs we have fostered appreciation of the Haitian people as pioneers in liberation struggles—our founders chose a revolutionary as the company namesake.
- Our Frisner Augustin Memorial Project showcases musicians who follow in the footsteps of our late Master Drummer, and archives the art of Haitian drumming for the future.
Please consider making your gift to the future in the form of a tax-deductible donation to Makandal. Click the button to the left to donate online. Or, write a check or money order payable to La Troupe Makandal, Inc., 621 Rutland Rd Apt 4C, Brooklyn NY 11203-1716.
At this critical juncture, let’s support Frisner’s vision to “bring all the musicians together” and reverse the forces that divide us. We can create the just and peaceful world we dream of. Ayibobo!
Resources, with Love from Makandal to You
Featured image: Detail of photo by Tom Pich from Makandal’s Rising Sun: Carnival Dawn performance, South Oxford Space, Brooklyn, January 12, 2002