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....