This is a night of Haitian culture featuring performances by Mystic Man & Lakay and Will Bellot’s Ezili Racine Drum Ensemble in collaboration with El Wah Movement Dance Company. It is an evening of dynamic music and explosive Haitian folkloric dancing, drumming, and singing.
Local Afro-Caribbean band Lakay, led by Mystic Man, uses its music as a force to unite diverse souls and strives to carry that ethic to its audiences and to the larger world. The nine-member group’s funky and dance-oriented music incorporates a broad range of styles – calypso, reggae, soca, kompa, soukous, highlife, dancehall, and more. Singer and multi-instrumentalist Mystic Man writes and arranges original songs for Lakay that draw on folkloric traditions from his Haitian homeland.
Haitian-born Will Bellot leads the Ezili Racine Drum Ensemble, bringing to life the folkloric and contemporary drumming of Haiti. He is also founder of the Bellot Idovia Foundation, which helps build sustainable communities in rural Haiti.
Founded in 2005 by dancer and choreographer Colette Eloi, El Wah Movement, which means “movement of the soul,” presents traditional Haitian folkloric dance and fusion pieces using traditional African movements to create choreography that applies to modern life. Colette, whose parents are Haitian, says that her new work uses the folkloric dances of Haiti to address some of the country’s issues in association with the Western world. She offers social commentary about the politics of poverty through both traditional and contemporized Haitian dance, as well as sound and projected visuals.
When & Where
Ashkenaz is the East Bay's home to world music & dance... established 1973; nonprofit since 1997. We are always all ages! Kids 12 & under are admitted free unless otherwise noted.
All of our online ticket sales are will call. We will have a list of ticket buyers at the door; you do not need to bring a printout of your ticket/order confirmation.
Doors open 30 minutes before showtime, or 30 minutes before the dance lesson if there is one, unless otherwise noted.
Ashkenaz's Café opens when doors open and offers beer (draft and bottled), wine, kombucha, juices, sodas, coffee and tea, and snacks and light meals (all vegetarian, mostly organic).