VIDEOS

Haitian Festival Dance Performance

Selections from the 2018 Afoutayi Haitian Cultural Festival theatrical dance performance, courtesy of Miko Simmons

Afoutayi artists perform Haitian music and dance 
for Class Notes program 

The class Notes Artists program takes music performances to classrooms across the state of Minnesota. These videos were made possible because of a collaboration with Classical MPR.

Tik-Tak

A healing flash mob dance, Tik-Tak urges people to live their life to their fullest because life goes by fast like a clock. The rhythm is "Rabòday", a Haitian carnival rhythm that calls people to dance immediately.

Singer: Florencia Pierre

Choreographer: Djenane Saint Juste

Dancers: Hassen Ortega, Melissa Clark  |  Drummers: John-Paul Douglas, Eberle Fort

Lasirenn ak Labalenn

This song narrates the age-old Haitian folktale "The Mermaid and the Whale", in which an old man encounters - you guessed it! - the mermaid and the whale, who help him transform into his better and higher self in an underwater adventure. The rhythm used is Kongo.

Singer: Florencia Pierre  song modified by Florencia Pierre, 

Writer & Choreographer: Djenane Saint Juste

Narrator: Hassen Ortega

Dancers: Hassen Ortega, Melissa Clark  |  Drummers: John-Paul Douglas, Eberle Fort

Ibo Lele

This song honors the Igbo people from Nigeria who championed the cause of freedom and helped unite the maroons against colonization. The song is passed from generation to generation so youth grow up knowing the sacrifices of their ancestors worked for the freedom, voice, and power they enjoy.

Singer: Florencia Pierre  song modified by Florencia Pierre, 

Choreographer: Djenane Saint Juste

Dancers: Hassen Ortega, Melissa Clark  |  Drummers: John-Paul Douglas, Eberle Fort

Zanm Telele

Zamn Telele is a song about healing physically, emotionally, and mentally "Zanfan'm yo" my children with herbs and love. This song invites everyone to support their fellow community members in need.

Singer & Writer: Florencia Pierre 

Choreographer: Djenane Saint Juste

Dancers: Hassen Ortega, Melissa Clark  |  Drummers: John-Paul Douglas, Eberle Fort

Balanse FoFo

Balanse Fofo is a song to invite the community to dance and connect with each other. Kontredans is an Haitian country dance and rhythm where the "Renn Chantrel" lead singer guides the dancers in a series of dance moves accompanied by live "Rada Tambou" Rada drums.

Singer & Writer: Florencia Pierre 

Choreographer: Djenane Saint Juste

Dancers: Hassen Ortega, Melissa Clark  |  Drummers: John-Paul Douglas, Eberle Fort