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Rony L

Rony L

I was born in Port-De-Paix, Haiti on October 20, 1950. I started singing and playing the Bass Guitar in the catholic choir of "Les Freres De L'Intruction Chrétien" in my home town. 

I got my big break, when I  was a teenager in the summer of 1964 when Gerald Dupervil, one of the biggest Haitian stars in the 60's and 70's, and his band "Riverside Band" came to Port-De-Paix to perform for "Fete Patronage", the town's annual party. To everyone's surprise, Riverside band's bass player was unable to make the trip. So, my music instructor urged me to approach Gerard Dupervil to fill the void. After several hours of rehearsals, I  managed to play the bass flawlessly and efficiently for the band. This experience would become perhaps the most important influential moment of my musical career. After finishing school in "Notre Dame De Lourdes" of Port-de-Paix, I moved to Port-Au-Prince in 1967 to complete my studies at "Lycee Petion". In 1969, I earned a degree in accounting. 

I sang "tout pou yo" the anthem of the Haitian National Soccer team with the legendary players like Emmanuel "manno" Sanon, Thompous, Philip Vorbe, that made to the World Cup to Munich Germany 1970. In 1973, I left Haiti to begin a new journey in New York. 

While studying Computer science at Queens College, I teamed up with with a few good friends to launch one of the most successful compas band in that era. Since the pre-dawn era of Compas history, that band was the first Haitian band to perform 6 days a week. 

According to Mario Delvocy, a famous Haitian drummer and music historian, he once described me as one of the finest Haitian musicians that ever lived. 


I am Cubano...



I was born in Port-au-Prince on June 3rd, 1934, I started my singing career under the guidance of Mrs Elisabeth Mahy, a vocal coach from France. I'm a poet, composer and producer. 

I recieved a scholarship in 1963 that allowed me to travel to Germany, there I continue to persuit my singing career.There I participated in a singing contest of a Television station, where I won first prize. 


I was  born in Gonaives in 1953, known as singer, guitar player, keyboard player, and percussionist. 

I learned the rudiment of music at Freres de l’instruction Chretienne Primary School. As a teenager, I was part of my neighborhood group. 

I later joined a group from St Marc and performed as keyboardist, guitar player, and percussionist. 

In the early 70’s I migrated to Boston and with Ricot Mazarin formed a band there. 

In 1978, after touring with another band, I decided to take residence in Port-Au-Prince. 

As I grew as a singer with a popular band, I can make you jump, bend down, and remove your shirt, raise your hand, laugh and cry. I became a social phenomenon. 

In 1981,I left a very papular band and founded my own band. 

You continue to enjoy my music today...and my name is Antoine Rossini Jean-Baptiste, aka Ti Manno.





Slavery in Haiti was officially abolished in 1803 during the Haitian Revolution but because of the country’s meager economic conditions, modern-day domestic slavery still reigns in the Caribbean country, and those affected by it are called restaveks. A Creole word that loosely means “to stay with,” restavek  is used to identify children whose parents arrange for them to live with rich members of society and do menial household chores. Refinery 29 reports tha  their alleged financial payment is education and a chance to live in a better environment than the one they’re born into. But unfortunately, many restaveks never make it to school and are abused by their new guardians.

haiti 2“With high birth rates in Haiti and 80% of the population living in poverty, rural mothers agree to send their children to host families to escape the economic burden of raising them. Although host families typically agree to send the restavek child to school, they often don’t follow through with that promise, according to the Restavek Freedom Foundation. That’s partly because there are so many time-consuming chores to be done throughout the day, due to a lack of running water, no refrigeration, and other hardships even for wealthy urban families,” Business Insider revealed in their 2014 piece, “Why Haiti Is One Of The Worst Countries For Child Slavery.”

To gain more insight on the problematic issue, photographer Vlad Sokhin documented the daily lives of restaveks and noted that, “With few exceptions, restavek children become slaves, working in the homes of their ‘masters’ from early morning until night. They fetch water [every] day, cook, wash clothes, clean yards, and do all other household chores. They are not allowed to sleep on a bed, eat at the table with the rest of the host family, or play with other children.”

In UNICEF’s 2015 Annual Report on Haiti it was learned that approximately 407,000 children in Haiti are restaveks and 207,000 children under the age of 15 perform acts of labor deemed deplorable.

haiti 3Despite the known and unknown inhumane treatment of many Haitian children, those who uphold the restavek system claim that if it wasn’t in place, these children would die if they remained with their families. One woman told Business Insider that her restavek child goes to school and her children even claim the girl as their own sibling, adding she “behaves like a mother” to her restavek.

To get an in-depth look at the image of the childhood restaveks of Haiti, visit Refinery 29.

Like climate change deniers, the United Nations for years has stood virtually alone against the weight of scientific opinion on its own peacekeepers' responsibility for the outbreak of cholera six years ago in Haiti, which continues to suffer from the world's worst epidemic of that deadly disease. That stance, regarding an epidemic that has killed more than 10,000 people and infected hundreds of thousands, is "morally unconscionable, legally indefensible and politically self-defeating,"according to a new report from a top adviser to the organization. Not to mention scientifically obtuse.

Spurred by the report from Philip Alston, a New York University law professor who is a human rights adviser to the organization, the U.N. is finally acknowledging its complicity in Haiti's cholera crisis. Breaking a steely silence, a spokesman for Secretary General Ban Ki-moon told the New York Times that the organization "needs to do much more regarding its own involvement in the initial outbreak and the suffering of those affected by cholera." A new policy will be prepared after consultations with Haitian officials and other governments.

It is difficult to overstate the damage the U.N. has done to its own prestige and moral standing by its pig-headed denialism. The disease, absent from the country for at least a century, struck soon after the arrival in 2010 of several hundred peacekeeping troops from Nepal, which at the time was struggling with a cholera outbreak. Untreated waste from the peacekeepers' base was discharged into a nearby river and, in short order, Haitians in nearby villages began to get sick and die. In a nation with paltry infrastructure and an anemic public health system, the disease spread quickly.

Epidemiologists soon traced the outbreak, and even the specific strain of cholera, to the U.N. base, concluding there was no other plausible source of the disease. Despite that, U.N. officials adopted a three-monkeys policy: They saw nothing. They heard nothing. They said nothing.

That tone-deaf stance appeared driven by U.N. lawyers, loath to crack the shell of legal immunity they insisted was the U.N.'s birthright. Doubtless, they feared any admission that might expose the organization to billions of dollars of claims in lawsuits arising from deaths and infections, not to mention from people affected in the future.

That lawyerly posture was heedless of the U.N. charter, whose preamble affirms its commitment to human rights, "better standards of life" and other goals at odds with a flat refusal to own up to the facts in Haiti.

The reality, which the U.N. at last seems ready to accept, is that the organization must recognize its responsibility and renew its commitment to combat cholera in Haiti and strengthen the nation's public health infrastructure, which the organization has previously pledged to improve, to little effect. That may be difficult and costly; the alternative was untenable.

PORT-AU-PRINCE — Haiti's long-delayed presidential vote must take place on Oct. 9 as scheduled to install a legitimately elected leader as soon as possible and assuage concerns about political stability, interim President Jocelerme Privert told Reuters.

Privert's comments late on Wednesday come as Haiti scrambles to find funding for its third election process in a year. A history of volatility and missed deadlines in the nation's recent electoral history has raised doubts about the October date.

The results of a presidential vote last year were scrapped after the electoral council accepted a commission's conclusion that many of the ballots were fraudulent, a disputed decision that prompted some in the international community to withdraw support for the elections.

A January runoff was also cancelled after violent protests.

Privert said this would not happen again.

"I cannot even picture a Plan B," he said. "The risk for the country is too large."

The election will be mostly self-financed as the U.S. government, a major donor to last year's vote, said it would not contribute this time. Privert said $15 million had already been allocated to the provisional electoral council.

He said the estimated $55 million to pay for the vote would be found, even if other recipients vying for the country's limited budget lose out to what he called a "priority project."

"We have done all that is humanly possible to assure that on Oct. 9, the people go to the polls to elect the legitimate authorities capable of confronting the economic and social challenges that our country faces."

Election council President Leopold Berlanger, who has also emphasized the need to hold the election as scheduled, said on Tuesday that about $25 million was available for it.

Haiti's campaign season began on Tuesday for the third time in a year.

Privert, whose term officially expired in June, has led the country since former President Michel Martelly left power in February without an elected successor. Opponents have accused Privert of dragging his feet to stay in office longer.

Still recovering from a devastating earthquake in 2010 that killed 220,000 people, Haiti, the western hemisphere's poorest nation, has also been hit by a cholera outbreak brought by U.N. peacekeepers and now faces the threat of the Zika virus.

The favorites in the race are conservative Jovenel Moise and centre-left Jude Celstin, who lead a field of 27 candidates.

If no candidate gets more than 50 percent in the first round, a runoff will be held in January.

Haiti has more than 6 million registered voters.

You could say it takes a wild imagination to picture a truly open society—one where freedom of expression and democracy are paramount, and where no one holds a monopoly on the truth. Envisioning such a world is the starting point for the Open Society Foundations’ work. And often, it is the arts that make manifest that vision, lending form to our goals and ideals.

Welp, it looks like that dream some of us have of uniting all of the Black nations under one cultural, socioeconomic and political agenda might have to wait a while longer.

"We feel like The Haitian Revolution monumental moment in human history is not really given the notoriety it deserves and we want to do what we can to change that"


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