Haitian Roots In Cuba: Desandann
|Haiti in Cuba
Contacting the Tour Management
|A vocal and percussion ensemble, Desandann celebrates and
preserves the rich legacy of Haitian cultural traditions in Cuba. The ensemble grew out of
a request by members of the Association of Haitian Residents and Cubans of Haitian descent
(see Haiti in Cuba) to research and compile traditional
Haitian music. In a short time they have gained national and international recognition.
Between 1795 and 1805 30,000 Haitians emigrated to eastern Cuba with another wave occurring from 1920-1940 and yet another in the 1980s. Today, estimates of the Haitian population in Cuba range from 300,000 on up to 1 million. Each wave of immigrants had its own distinct characteristics and brought with them the strong musical and dance traditions, their religion, customs, rituals and cultural habits on their journey from Haiti to Cuba. With information gathered from generations of Haitian immigrants, Desandann promotes and performs music of Haitian origin, especially "La Cancionistica", music which has been enriched by elements of other Creole speaking Caribbean countries.
They have presented their work extensively in Cuba through participation in the 3rd Festivals of Choruses and the Caribbean Festival, regional activities linked to the Association of Haitian Residents and Descendants of Haiti, radio programs, as well as to international audiences.
Desandann is composed of ten multi-faceted musicians who sing as well as play a variety of percussion instruments. Emilia Diaz Chavez, the director of the group, is a graduate of the Choral Division of Cuba's National School of Art and hold a Masters in Musical Education. She is the director of the Chorus of Camaguey and teaches throughout the province of Camaguey. Desandann's repertoire consists of a wide range of choral arrangements with percussion accompaniment including Choucoune, a Haitian merengue, Gran Toumobile a Creole Mazurka, and Doudou Moin, a Martinique merengue.
For further information about Desandann and/or their U.S. schedule, contact: the Tour Management
|Tue 02/26/13||Gainesville, FL||Univ. Of FL Phillips Center|
Based in Camaguey, Cuba, Grupo Vocal Desandann is a Cuban-Haitian ensemble of 10 singers dedicated to sustaining and renewing that culture as it exists in Cuba. The group performs a repertoire of popular, traditional and spiritual Haitian songs that are arranged and freshly interpreted by members of the group. Grupo Vocal Desandann is an exceptional group with many links to Haitian communities in the U.S. as well as to more general audiences. Their always-growing repertoire of songs tells the stories of Haitian émigrés – longing for Haiti and determined to keep their culture close to the heart.
CD ("Descendants") available from Bembé Records (see Discography)
June 2 Wexner Center for the Arts, Columbus, OH
June 4-6 Discover Jazz Festival & Flynn Center for the Arts, Burlington, VT
June 7-10 Miami Light Project, Miami, FL
CD (July 20, 1999)
Original Release Date: July 20, 1999
Number of Discs: 1
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|Building on the enormous success of its 1997
U.S. debut, GRUPO VOCAL DESANDANN will return to the U.S. for performances and residencies
in October-November 1999.
GRUPO VOCAL DESANDANN, a Cuban-Haitian ensemble of 10 singers based in Camaguey, Cuba, performs a repertory of popular, traditional and sacred Haitian songs that are arranged and freshly interpreted by members of the group. GRUPO VOCAL DESANDANN is an exceptional group with many links to Haitian communities in the U.S. as well as to choral ensembles and choirs from all backgrounds.
The 1999-2000 U.S. tour of GRUPO VOCAL DESANDANN will be produced by MultiArts Projects and Productions and the Network of Cultural Center of Color. Pentacle will book the tour and we have arranged for performances and community activities in Ohio, North Carolina, Texas, California, Indiana, Florida, Maine, Louisiana and Chicago.
If you are interested in participating in the tour or want to receive information,
please contact: Ann Rosenthal or Cathy Zimmerman
|October 11 - 14||Available|
|October 15 - 18||in residence in San Antonio, Texas, with the Carver Community and Cultural Center|
|October 19 - 22||Available|
|October 23 - 26||Washington D.C. and College Park, MD with the Washington Performing Arts Society and Concert Society|
|Ann Rosenthal, Executive Director
MultiArts Projects & Productions
140 Second Avenue, Suite 502
NY NY 10003
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