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Philip Guibert's "Fête de l'amitié"@ Mixed Notes Cafe.

Photos & Narration by Frankie Morone.

Cette fete de l' amitie etait le rendez-vous du siecle...

Two days ago, Phillipe called me while I was finishing the details of one of my paintings to remind me about the "fête de l'amitié". We had a cordial conversation. He then asked me if I would be kind enough to take some pictures and make an album for that party. I told him it was not a problem. After the call, to say the least, I felt high like a kite. I always go to "Mixed Notes" and I like the club.

The MIXED NOTES CAFE is one if not the most popular Haitian restaurant, night club on Long Island. It stands apart with its excellent creole cuisine and its perfect ambiance. It can accommodate well over 125 people and during the summer months, expect to see several people waiting outside the club.The "MIXED NOTES CAFE" has a bar that offers excellent mixed drinks (they are good and inexpensive-seriously).Guests and patrons can relax, interact, unwind and also make new friends.

The owner, the formidable TONY RENE is always kind towards his patrons. The minute he walks in, he has a smile and a firm handshake for every one at the bar and also a tender kiss for the ladies' cheek. He is seriously committed to his guests and would go out of his way to ensure that they are having the greatest time of their lives.Occasionally, he would offer free hors d'oeuvres, buffalo wings, or a drink on the house.

Very often, there is a band playing on Saturdays.The sound system is great. Other times, there is DJ. Whether it's a band or a DJ, rest assured that you will see ladies kicking their heels on the dance floor.(I love to see that)

"La Fête de l'amitie" was a complete success. Friends from all over poured in. Some traveled hours just to have a good time. Philippe even mentioned that floks from Haiti traveled to NY just for "la fête de l' amitié".

It was a party where laughter was the "Mot d' ordre". Accolades, hugs,handshakes,kisses etc... were the mood for that "inoubliable soirée". Friends who had not seen each other for a long time were able to click glasses - and I have seen several of them exchanging phone # and email addresses.

Other people celebrated birthdays (at least 4 of them). It was a great party, if not the greatest party of all times. It was the "mother of all parties".

"Impresyon Music Band" played so well that seriously I don't think any Haitian Band can come close to them. The keyboardist Ti Victor A+....The Guitarist Lesly Champane brought us back to the real Compas of the 60's - Contrebassiste Frantz Antoine ce pa palé -Paul Edme au Tam tam faisait marcher la mesure...et surtout le trompetiste. Excuse my spelling of the creole: COTE TROMPETISTE CA SORTI....CA C' EST DU JAMAIS VU.......the Saxophonist Jacques Chancy unbelievably a great musician... Marc Frederick percussion... finally the talented Wilfred Lespinasse percussion- drums (à la batterie) and also the lead singer.... BRAVO IMPRESYON---- ET TENEZ FERME.....Gread band....I honestly wish I had a recording of you guys....you are fantastic.

See for yourself. The pictures are living proof. Phillipe & I love comments. Do not hesitate to post one. Thank you and enjoy the album

Next time you hear about "fete de l'amitie" @ the Mixed Notes cafe you know what to do....

  • (Anonymously) (Private)
    4 months ago
    Le guitariste Lesly Champagne...
    halo champi c'est ton cousin dietz tu te souviens de moi chez arnel comment vas tu
  • evans lecorps (Private)
    4 years 2 months ago
    Richard Carrie - Alix Jacques - Yves Arsene Appolon at " la fete de l' amitie".
    hello arsene, we grew up together in rue des miracles. u were always carrying drum sticks with u n ur mom had a store next to bar du commerce. am antonine's cousin. holler
  • 8 years 5 months ago
    Nadine Picault @ la fête de l' amitié.
    i enjoy the picture and i hope to seeing you too.
  • mfrederic (Private)
    9 years 2 months ago
    A guess and "le coq du Village" (on the right)@ " la fête de l'amitié.".
    Is he a Rigaud
  • (Anonymously) (Private)
    9 years 2 months ago
    Maille Chassagne.
    Maille a toujours ete belle,depuis son enfance a la Ruelle Jeanty. Quel plaisir de la revoir.
    Ti Georges Nagib Habib
  • 9 years 2 months ago
    El Maestro V. Surpris Jr.
    Maestro,
    My apologies to you and the other musicians; as you may remember, I took several shots of the band performing but because of the obscurity and the reflection of the flash on the mirrors that make those pictures not too suitable for the album. I also like to apologize to the drummer - lead singer Wilfred Lespinasse for the oversight. So sorry I do not have a shot of Wilfred.You were great. Thanks Marie for you wonderful email.
  • 9 years 2 months ago
    Carole & Philippe Guibert having their first dance and iniviting their guests to join them on the floor
    Bonjour Manny. C'est quand ton prochain voyage a NY? Il faut que tu le fasses bientot, et aussi encourage notre frere Claude a faire de meme.
  • 9 years 2 months ago
    Carole & Philippe Guibert having their first dance and iniviting their guests to join them on the floor
    Thank you Francois,
    We missed you. Your name was mentioned several times.
  • Philp Guibert (Private)
    9 years 2 months ago
    Michelle et Mariette.
    Michelle et Mariette directement de Port-au-Prince. Merci cheres amies.
  • (Anonymously) (Private)
    9 years 2 months ago
    Philippe Guibert eloquently thanking the guests...Dr. Raymond Myrthil on the right.
    Philippe,

    You should run for President. You got my vote.
  • 9 years 2 months ago
    Happy Birthday Monique. Thank you for your patience.
  • Philp Guibert (Private)
    9 years 2 months ago
    Maille Chassagne.
    Oh la la!.........Maille........Quelle histoire!
  • 9 years 2 months ago
    Chantale Papillon @ " la fête de l' amitié"
    Quelle affaire Chantale! C'etait reellement le rendez-vous du siecle.
  • 9 years 2 months ago
    Nadine Picault @ la fête de l' amitié.
    Nadine,
    I'm glad you've enjoyed it. I look forward to seeing you again soon.