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Reginald Policard CD Release @ Habana 1900, Vol II
Jul 19, 2008

Photos Courtoisie Gilbert Laraque

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Reginald Policard CD Release @ Habana1900, Vol I
Jul 19, 2008

Photos by Francois Adrien & Emmanuel Ardouin

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Jose Tavernier CD Release party
Dec 13, 2008

Photos Courtoisie de Francky Tavernier

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Haitian Flag Day Celebration, 2008
May 18, 2008

Photos by: Rachel Moscoso Denis, Gerry Briere, Emmanuel Ardouin,Michel Vieux & Francois Adrien

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us de 150 Haitiens se sont reunis pour célébrer la fête du drapeau en compagnie de Plikiz.Com, LeP'titClub,and Espace Brandt le dimanche 18 Mai 2008.

Le drapeau d'Haïti est rouge et bleu organisé en deux bandes horizontales. Créé en 1803, il a été adopté dès 1820 et officialisé en 1843.

Il avait été remplacé par un drapeau rouge et noir sous la dictature des Duvalier de 1964 à 1986. Dix jour après le renversement de Jean-Claude Duvalier (février 1986), il a été réhabilité officiellement et confirmé par la constitution de 1987.

Les armoiries de la République sont : Le palmiste surmonté du bonnet de la liberté et, ombrageant de ses palmes, un trophée d'armes avec comme légende: « L'Union fait la Force ».

Au cours d'un combat qui eut lieu en Plaine du Cul-de-Sac, entre une troupe française et la treizième demi-brigade coloniale, celle-ci perdit son drapeau qui était le tricolore bleu, blanc et rouge de la France. Les Français après s'en être emparés firent ressortir dans un texte imprimé qu'il n'était pas vrai que les indigènes eussent l'idée de l'indépendance puisqu'ils avaient conservé l'emblème de la nation française.

Alexandre Pétion qui commandait cette troisième brigade fit aussitôt, de son côté, rapport de cette interprétation à son chef, le général Dessalines, et celui-ci saisit cette occasion pour donner à ses troupes un nouveau signe de ralliement.

On était en février 1803 et le général en chef des indigènes tenait son Quartier général à la Petite-Rivière-de-l'Artibonite. Le geste suivant promptement l'idée, il arrachait du tricolore français la couleur blanche et rapprocha le rouge du bleu: le bicolore (bleu et rouge) qui serait désormais le Drapeau des Indépendantistes était créé.(...) il réunit les principaux chefs des corps d'armée en un congrès qui eut lieu au Bourg de l'Arcahaie le 18 mai 1803. Tous les généraux ayant approuvé la décision du Général en Chef, ce dernier se rendit sur la Place d'Armes du bourg et présenta solennellement aux régiments formés en carré le nouvel emblème.

Le haut commandement français n'apprit cet événement que par l'Amiral Latouche Tréville qui, naviguant entre Port-au-Prince et l'Arcahaie, avait capturé, le lendemain 19 mai, une barge indigène portant un drapeau bleu et rouge. L'amiral français en fit immédiatement rapport en faisant remarquer qu sur le drapeau indigène étaient écrits les mots: «Liberté ou la Mort».

Après la mort de Dessalines, le 17 octobre 1806, le général Pétion, chef de l'Ouest et du Sud du Pays, modifia le drapeau en plaçant horizontalement le bleu et le rouge. Dans le même temps, le général Henry Christophe (1811-1820) qui gouvernait le Nord, le Nord-Ouest (en partie) et l'Artibonite adoptait le drapeau noir et rouge.

À la mort de Christophe, le général Jean-Pierre Boyer qui avait succédé en 1818 à Alexandre Pétion réunit, sous le signe du drapeau bleu et rouge, le Nord au reste du Pays.

Quand aux armes de la République, bien qu'adoptées par le Président Pétion, elles ne commencèrent à figurer sur le drapeau haïtien qu'après le vote de la Constitution de 1843 qui prescrivit en son article 192: " Les couleurs nationales sont le bleu et le rouge placés horizontalement. Les armes de la République sont le palmiste surmonté du bonnet de la liberté et orné d'un trophée d'armes avec la légende « L'Union Fait la Force » ".

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Continental Shifts: The Art of Edouard Duval Carrié @ Books & Books,Coral Gables.
May 25, 2008

Event Production & Photos by Rachel Moscoso Denis, President RD Event Consultant and Planning, Inc. ...more


Narration by Fabiola Santiago, Miami Herald

Continental Shifts: The Art of Edouard Duval Carrié. Edited by Edward J. Sullivan. Arte al Día International.

The shades of blue persistent in Edouard Duval Carrié's luscious paintings can only come from one place -- the ocean that envelops his native Haiti like a blessing and a curse. It's a sea of beauty and promise but also of death for many of his compatriots.

Blue is the color through which the Miami-based artist conveys heaves of emotion, and in Continental Shifts: The Art of Edouard Duval Carrié, it assumes center stage, from its prominence in the cover's mixed media, Trois Feuilles Mystique (The Three Mystical Leaves) to Carrié's representation of an androgynous, God-like figure, Erzulie-Dantor, who holds people's fates, literally, in his/her hands.

Edited by Edward J. Sullivan, dean of the School of Arts at New York University, the book presents an overview of Duval Carrié's artistic production to date. Several art critics and cultural experts offer essays that speak to the breadth of his work and its cultural context, especially with regard to the complex belief systems of Vodou that Duval Carrié so mystically depicts in his paintings and sculpture.

Rachel Beauvoir-Dominique sheds light on the Vodou pantheon, explaining such figures as Legba, Guardian of the Gates; the Marassa, powerful twin spirits; Danbala Wedo, the snake spirit, and others.

Peter Sutherland shares a wildly interesting story about Duval Carrié's attempts to stage an installation at Ouidah, the place from which Africans were brought to Haiti in chains. Duval Carrié conceived his installation -- a half-mile line of sculptures -- as a reference to the rituals held on the beach in Haiti to reunite the souls of ancestors with the place in Africa where they belong.

The antenna-like sculptures were to serve as "guides" to the spirits returning home, but when a town leader saw them, he was so confused -- was this art or Vodou (to work against him, perhaps)? -- that he almost torpedoed the project. Years later, Duval Carrié saw the man in a video Sutherland had shot in Africa. To Duval Carrié's surprise, his sculptures were also in the video -- in the background.

In addition to its gorgeous, poster-like renderings of Duval Carrié's work, the book also is a philanthropic project. Proceeds from its sales benefit the Haitian Cultural Arts Alliance in Miami.

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Gary French CD Release party.
Nov 15, 2008

Photos by Manny Ardouin & Francois Adrien
Narration by Frankie Morone.

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honored when I was asked by the staff of Pikliz (which I am part of) to write a short biography about Gary French. The following day, I called his darling wife Marika and asked her a few questions.

My first recollection of Gary's voice was in 1962 or 1963 at the " bicentenaire". I saw him on a float of "Cadence Rempas" singing the "Merengue carnavalesque : Nou porté malathion pou musique parasite". I vividly recall him that Sunday, playing the maracas and occasionally adjusting the height of the microphone. In retrospect, his voice was full of life, beauty and excitement.

Gary was born in Port -au - Prince on August 26,1939. His father was Haitian and his mother Dominican. He was deeply influenced by her as youngster. Gary loved to listen to Latin Ballads. He was nicknamed the "Prince of Boleros".

At the age of 19, Gary French was a vocalist of the "Ensemble Weber Sicot". He brought fame to that band. His successes were :la femme de mes rêves - Haiti pays de rêves just to name a few. While Wéber Sicot was trailing behind Nemours Jean - Baptiste, Gary's presence added this " Je ne sais quoi" in that ensemble. His voice was unmatched and the young Gary seemed to be very confident. Wébert Sicot and the band took a trip to the French Antilles. At the end of the tour, Gary decided not to return to Haiti.

It was not easy for him. However he decided to stay despite all. He was one of the first artists to introduce Haitian music to the Guadeloupeans. In one of his performances, he was awarded the " Medal of the city of Fort de France" by the Mayor. Far from family members and a bit nostalgic, Gary decided to leave Martinique in 1966. His destination: New - York City.

By 1967, he was singing in several bands. Among one of them was "The Pepe Bayard ensemble". When Gary walks into a rehearsal room, the attitude of the other musicians would change. He was a great story teller and a great joker. He always makes people laugh. I am not kidding. Unknown to him at that time, Gary was on his way to making it. I would say, it was not just talent but also hard work. Gary was hip, elegant, honest and always punctual (except once he entered the expressway on the exit ramp and had to drive onto in coming traffic for about 2 miles). A musician once told me, "Gary as a singer is never off keys." He can sing in French - Spanish & English very very well.

In 1968, Gary met Marie Carmel Gousse. He was 28 years old. That evening changed his life forever. Seriously, she turned him upside down and he also flipped. I guess he had met " La femme de mes rêves". They would marry that same year.

In the early 70's, he and 5 pals Carlos Ramirez, Patrick Coby, Michel Corvinton, George Kahara and Reynold Duverglas formed the Tropical Sextet. This band was very popular and performed in several clubs in the Metro area on weekends and weddings etc. etc.

In comparison with Michelangelo who was a great sculptor, Gary through hard work and dedication became an accomplished singer. He is still going strong. He can sing with or without a microphone. No one else can come closer.

Ladies and Gentlemen, I have the privilege and honor to introduce to you one more time the talented Gary French. Of courses your comments are always welcome. Enjoy.

Chanteur de renommée internationale, Gary refuse de faire ses adieux à la musique. Il continue à chanter. Ecoutez ce dernier CD et vous pourrez constater que c' est un homme chic qui a du talent. Donnez lui un microphone, un échafaud et quelques spectateurs; C' est de tout dont il a besoin pour se surpasser. Il est sans doute un classique de la musique haitienne.

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Le P'tit Club presents Martin Luther King cultural Celebrations
Jan 20, 2008
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2008 Labor Day Caribbean Carnival in Boston
Sep 1, 2008

All Photos Courtesy Sakapfet.com, Pictures by Ricardo St Cyr

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Reginald Policard In Montreal - CD Release party
Jul 12, 2008

On Saturday July 19th , Reginald Policard's CD Release party will be @:

Habana 1900 Jazz Club
3850 SW 8th Street
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Coral Gables FL 33134

To R.S.V.P call (786) 426-4688

Pikliz thanks its fans for their ongoing support.
Sorry about any inconvenience this change might cause.

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