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Eddy Francois L’homme Racine

Sunday, August 15, 2010

C’est avec grand plaisir que nous vous présentons BLACKAWOUT du nouvel album d’EDDY FRANCOIS. L’album d’Eddy sera disponible bientot. Merci de diffuser!


Eddy François commence son aventure musicale avec le groupe Superstar Music Machine en 1988 ; l’année suivante il rejoint les rangs du groupe  Boukman Eksperyans et avec le Hit : “Kè-m pa sote le groupe joue un rythme nouveau, mélange de Rock américain, tambours africains et musique Haitienne qui séduit tout de suite le public; il ne faisait pas de doute qu’Eddy Francois deviendrait une star.
 Il a pendant longtemps fait la une des radios et des stations de t
élévisions avec sa voix originale  et  inimitable de Samba. Sa musique a transcendé les barrières du temps et des races. Rien ne lui résiste quand il chante…
Avec Eddy François comme chanteur, Boukman Eksperyans se fait une renomm
ée internationale  grâce a plusieurs hit tels: Kem pa sote, Pwazon rat, Se kreol nou ye etc… Ils ont réalisé l’inimaginable, Porter la musique Vaudou” sur les ondes , dans les salons et les clubs et sur la scène internationale ils sont arrivés au moment ou la société Haitienne avait besoin d’un souffle nouveau après  30 ans de dictature.
Comme le Tabou Combo, le groupe Malavoi  ou Kassav, la musique racine Haitienne a pu se frayer un chemin sur la scène internationale.
Après quatre ans, Eddy abandonne Boukman Eksperyans et forme son propre groupe Boukan Ginen traduction cr
éole pour feu d’Afrique. Boukan Ginen connait un success immediate à l’instar de  Boukman Eksperyans le public a pendant un temps associé le nom de ces deux groupes comme référence a la musique racine.
Fort des ces années d’expérience, Eddy François est prêt pour une aventure solo en lançant Zinga..
Zinga sera  l’oeuvre la plus  complexe  d’Eddy Francois á ce jour. C’est une compilation de chants engages, notamment “ Misé pèp sa a un mélange de soul, de blues sur un fond de rythme carnavalesque produit par Dadi Beaubrun son camarade depuis Boukman Eksperyans.

Aprés toutes ces années Eddy François n’a rien perdu de sa touche, il sait encore faire vibrer son assistance avec sa musique.  Maintenant plus que jamais il est determiner a faire connaitre au monde toutes les variations de la musique haitienne.                        
1988         SuperStar Music Machine
1989         Boukman Eksperyans
1993        Abandonne Boukman Eksperyans et  Forme son propre groupe: “Boukan Ginen”
2007         Lance une carrière solo


Noam Chomsky On US role in Haiti destruction

Noam Chomsky: US role in Haiti destruction

Meet the 2010 Haitian Presidential Candidates

Fostering New Haiti


“Haiti’s past history is the glorious hope for the Haitian people to advance forward into a new hopeful future. The Haitian Revolution particularly, is the symbolic gesture that could be well served as a catalyst for fresh thinking, organising together, and dreaming the same vision, both in the indidividual and collective sense.” —Cj

Haitian-American Teen, MARIE-FATIMA HYACINTHE, Got Accepted into Four Ivy League Universities

Teen Accepted into Four Ivy League UniversitiesThursday, June 24, 2010 | 6:00 AMby Yolanda Sangweni

 Source: Essence

Marie-Fatima Hyacinthe never dreamed she would be attending an Ivy League university, much less have to choose from four. Born and raised in the working class neighborhood of East Flatbush, Brooklyn, the 17-year-old student was (and still is) in shock after finding out she was accepted into Harvard, Yale, Brown and University of Pennsylvania. She decided on Harvard.

She spoke with about choosing to go to President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama‘s alma mater, and the lessons her parents taught her about education.  Can you tell us about finding out you had been accepted into Harvard, Yale, University of Pennsylvania and Brown?
I’m still in shock. My friends were really excited and said they weren’t surprised, but I was. What made you decide to go to Harvard?
When I went to visit for the accepted students’ weekend, I felt a real connection with the campus. While I could have seen myself happy at all the schools I got accepted to, I just felt like I would be more at home at Harvard. I could see myself taking advantage of all the opportunities it would offer me. Did the fact that President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama went to Harvard have any influence on your decision?
[laughs] Not when I was first thinking about it, but now I like to say that I’m going to President Obama and Mrs. Obama’s alma mater.  What are you going to study?
I’m going in undecided. I’m thinking of a pre-med track but I’m also thinking of international relations with a concentration in government.  I’m open to everything. Tell us about your high school career. What helped you get to where you are?
In the seventh grade my family applied for a program called “A Better Chance” which helps students of minority backgrounds get into independent schools all over the country. Because of that I was able to attend the Hewitt School, an all-girls independent school in New York City. It’s really small — there are only 30 of us in our grade — so I was able to see where my passions lied and really cultivate my interests. I can say my school played a huge part because its so small and we got individualized attention. What kind of student are you?
I’m one of those people who loves to learn new things. I’m a very big reader and I like having conversations at all times. I think some of my best learning moments have come from my peers, which is the reason why I chose Harvard because I felt like the students there would have a lot to teach me. I hate math, but other than that I’m a very open and interested learner. What about the way your parents raised you made it possible for you to be so interested in learning?
I come from a family that is very interested in education. My mother works as a social worker in schools, I have an aunt who is a teacher and another who is a principal. I’m a first-generation Haitian-American. My parents are Haitian immigrants so they value education and hard work above everything because of their background. That taught me to try my best and constantly work at my highest potential. I think I’ve learned a lot about self-motivation and being community-minded from my parents. Have you thought about what this means to you as a Black female?
The school that I just graduated from is on the Upper East Side of Manhattan so I’m used to being one of a few students of minority background. I feel like it’s not going to be that much of a change, besides, Harvard has a very strong African-American community so I think I’m prepared. I’ve had this conversation with my family and I think I’m ready.

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Deborah Jenson talks about Haiti’s literary Past

Deborah Jenson talks about Haiti’s literary Past

Forthcoming work on Aimé Césaire, Haiti, and Caribbean Modernity


I thought I would let you know about an exciting project I’m working on . It’s a book on one of the most  influential Francophone poets and intellectuals in the twentieth century. Aimé Fernand David Césaire  , simply known as Aimé Césaire, was born in the island of Martinique on June 26, 1913 and passed away six years ago on April 12, 2008. He studied in Paris in the 30s  along with his friends Léopold Sédar Senghor and Léon Damas, the founders of the Negritude movement. Césaire was poet, statesman,  and  intellectual.  André Breton, the father of surrealism dubbed him “Un grand poet noir,” a racialist epithet I dissapprove.  Césaire was a militant  anticolonial writer, an advocate for social justice, social equality, human rights, black humanity and dignity. His two most important works are  his tour-de force- poem (1)  Cahier d’un retour au pays natal ( Paris: Volontés,1939), an epic that gave birth to the Negritude movement. Cesaire coined the word “negritude” as a counter discourse to Western modernity and the West’s idea of ordering of the world, and its assessment of (black) humanity; and (2) his seminal essay  Discours sur le colonialisme ( Paris: Présence Africaine , 1955),  which is arguably one of the most important anticolonial essays written in Western scholarship. Discours is a militant and counter response to European colonialism, imperialistic project, and their deadly mechanisms. 

port au prince haiti by David G-H.

My book tentatively entitled Aimé Césaire, Haiti,  and Caribbean Modernity (2012) will contribute to Césairian discourse of negritude and his vision of a new humanism. The book will give a fresh reading of Cesaire’s poetics, address precisely its indebtedness and relations to Haiti. Cesaire’s poetic discourse including his creative process were influenced by  revolutionary Haiti and the life and deeds of Haiti’s foremost military general and first postcolonial leader, Toussaint Louverture. In Cahier d’un retour au pays natal, Cesaire posits  that Haiti is where negritude stood for the first time and believed in its humanity. For Cesaire, Caribbean modernity began with the Haitian Revolution; and that West Indians, borrowing the phrase  from C.L. R. James,  became a people at the event of the Haitian Revolution, a peculiar event  in the historical narrative and genesis of the Caribbean people.  The project will read Cesaire in light of the Haitian Revolution, the cradle of blackness and Caribbean modernity, and argue that  Cesaire’s poetic consciousness as an anticolonial writer owes its expression  to Haiti. The historical achievement of Africans in Saint-Domingue-Haiti, and the fact that Haiti became the first independent state in the New World, was significant to Cesaire’s articulation of his negritude philsophy, his idea of black humanity, and his argument of the responsibility of the black race to universal civilisation. I will contend for a new vision  of Caribbean modernity rooted in a Cesairian ethics and hermeneutics of difference .  Cesaire’s Caribbean modernity was shaped by the discourse of the Haitian Revolution. The Haitian Revolution, Cesaire would argue, was  the “big bang of antillean cosmos.” Finally,  I believe that Cesaire is has a lot to contribute to modern discourse on universalism, ethics, and human rights. His voice still speaks  today, his message for us  in the twenty-first century is simply salvific. Cesaire’s political discourse is nothing less than his relentless activism for social justice and equality, human emancipation and human rights , which many believe the Haitian Revolution inaugurated.

 Your faithful servant,