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Let’s celebrate Haiti and the "kreyòl" language together. Join us in choosing the winner of the AFOUTAYI HAITIAN CREOLE SINGING CONTEST!

By Afoutayi Dance, Music & Arts Company

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Saturday, April 15 · 6 - 9pm CDT



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Haitian Creole "KREYÒL" is the language spoken by over 10 million people worldwide. Join us at the AFOUTAYI DANCE STUDIO (2525 Nevada Ave N, suite 211, Golden valley, MN 55427) from 6pm to 9pm in choosing the winner of the AFOUTAYI FIRST HAITIAN CREOLE SINGING CONTEST!!! 15 to 20 local Minnesota bands will compete that night by singing and performing an Haitian creole song from well known Haitian artists for a chance to win a $1000 dollars prize and the chance to perform at the AFOUTAYI HAITIAN FLAG DAY CELEBRATION ON MAY 20, 2023!!! These groups will charmed you by their voice technique , their ability to sing in creole like native, and their capacity to engage with their audience. This is a family event, so all ages and all backgrounds are welcome! Delicious Haitian food by Chef Mama FOFO will be served. Get your tickets right now...Free parking and Fun energy!

About the organizer

In 2009, Djenane Saint Juste arrived in the Bay Area from Haiti and formed the Afoutayi Dance, Music, and Arts Company. Created out of San Francisco's serious lack of Haitian presence, the Company set out with a mission to promote Haitian heritage through cultural expressions, including; music, art, dance, and shared history.

Djenane Saint Juste, a native of Haiti, is the Artistic Director of Afoutayi Haitian Dance, Music and Arts Company. She is a seasoned professional choreographer, dancer, actress and vocalist specializing in Haitian traditional dance and folklore. Djenane has also been trained in Ballet, Hip Hop, Modern, Jazz and Ballroom at the Institut de Danse JAKA, Institut de Dance Vivianne Gauthier, and Artcho Dance Company in Haiti. She is the creator and instigator of the Annual Haitian Cultural Festival, and has brought exciting new themes and activities to engage participants in Haitian culture since the first Haitian Festival in 2009. 

Djenane has dedicated herself to the research, development and promotion of traditional Haitian dance, song and storytelling. She is a former faculty member in the world dance department at the Saint Paul Conservatory for the Performing Arts, and an artist in residence at Hamline University and St. Olaf University. Djenane's work towards the preservation of Haitian culture has been documented in works such as "Making Caribbean Dance" by Susanna Sloat, as well as "Lavil: Life, Love, and Death in Port-au-Prince (Voice of Witness)" by Peter Orner, Evan Lyon, and Edwidge Danticat. 

In 2010, Afoutayi began the First Annual Haitian Dance, Art, and Music Festival in San Francisco. Hosted in November, the now-yearly festival is intentionally hosted on the anniversary of the Battle of Vertieres; a battle which defined the 1803 Haitian War of Liberation. The program, presented at Mission High School, worked to offer well-attended Haitian folkloric dance to a diverse student population. Having expanded to Minnesota, Afoutayi is now a family collaboration with Saint Juste’s mother, Florencia Pierre, and brother, Jeff Pierre. Together, they bring artists across disciplines from Haiti and the United States to participate in an annual festival celebration, along with a plethora of well-attended classes, professional performances, cultural festivals, and community-based events.

$10 – $20