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Port-au-Prince (AFP) - The losers in Haiti's presidential election insisted Wednesday they will not recognise political neophyte Jovenel Moise as the winner, calling the officially declared result a political coup.

PORT-AU-PRINCE (Reuters) - A Haitian politician and former coup leader was arrested and extradited on Thursday to the United States, where he is wanted for alleged drug trafficking and money laundering, authorities said.

PORT-AU-PRINCE —
Haitian businessman Jovenel Moise was expected to be declared the official winner of November presidential elections in the impoverished Caribbean nation on Tuesday after an electoral tribunal ruled out allegations of massive fraud at the polls.


Moise, who ran for former President Michel Martelly's Bald Heads Party (PHTK), won with 55.67 percent of votes cast in the November 20 election, while his closest rival, Jude Celestin, received just

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti– The HMI is in mourning after the passing of one of its youngest artist and percussionist, Vilaire Jean Dhanis, also known as Black Easy. On Tuesday, the 37-year old was found unconscious at his home and was rushed to the hospital where the time of death was late in the evening declare

Haiti - Music : Passing of Samba Kessy After the disappearance Tuesday of Black EZ, http://www.haitilibre.com/en/news-19456-haiti-flash-passing-of-black-ez-the-music-world-is-mourning.html it is the turn of King Kessy the singer of the group Koudyay to leave us prematurely.

"The Ministry of Culture salutes with great emotion the premature departure for the beyond of the composer-singer-interpreter of the group Koudjay, Jean Samuel Lubin aka 'Samba Kessy' 54 years, died Friday 9 December at 8.30 am at the Saint-Nicolas public hospital in Saint-Marc (Artibonite) following discomfort after a performance of his group in the city of Port-de-Paix.

The Haitian music industry has just lost one of the greatest Racine singers of all time.

During his life, the former singer of the Southern Group of Les Cayes , Samba Kessy has been the singer of the denouncement of the difficult conditions of the Haitian people. As a committed artist, several of his "méringues" have marked and will forever mark the Haitian people like : "Lakou Lakay" (Carnaval 1991), "Gran Manjè" (1997), "Bwa a mare" (Meringue de 1998), "Rat do kale" (1999), "Gran Gozye" (2001), "Chay la lou" (2003), "Esklav mantal" (2004), "Beton an pou nou 2" (2014) and "N’ap tan’n yo".

 

Although Haiti is one of the poorest countries in the Western Hemisphere, the country has a proud and noble history: It was the first independent country in Latin America and the Caribbean, the first black-led republic in the world and the second republic in the Americas after it gained independence in 1804, the result of a successful slave revolution that lasted nearly a decade. Many celebrations integrate voodoo and oral history (known as "krik krak" in Haiti), and its lively festivities reflects Haiti's deep Creole roots.

 

Carnival

Carnival is Haiti's biggest celebration. The word derives from "carnavale," which in Latin means "meat farewell." Celebrations for carnival usually begin at the end of January and end with "Fat Tuesday," or Mardi Gras, when different types of fats are consumed at home. Following Fat Tuesday is the Catholic holiday Ash Wednesday, which also marks the start of lent. Carnival is marked by colorful parades, lively music, traditional art and dances throughout Haiti.

Rara

Rara, which originated in Haiti, is celebrated during Easter week. It revolves around festival music played during street processions; the vaksen (cylindrical bamboo trumpets), maracas and metal bells are often played during these processions. By Good Friday, the streets of cities and towns are packed with bands, dancers and colorful and glittering costumes. During the street processions, musicians shout out refrains of special songs, and people also create impromptu percussion instruments with soft-drink bottles and skillets.

Independence Day

Independence Day is celebrated on New Year's Day, which is when Haiti gained independence from France in 1804. On January 1, thousands of people gather in Port-au-Prince, the country's capital, and watch parades, as well as visit the National Palace on the Champs de Mars. The day is also marked by fireworks, dancing in the streets and the singing of the national anthem.

Fet Gede

Voodoo, an important belief system that shapes daily life in Haiti, was declared an official religion in 2003 by the Haitian government. It's no surprise, then, that several holidays originate from the practice, as voodoo priests now have the legal authority to perform baptisms and weddings. Fet Gede, or All Souls Day, is a national holiday arising from voodoo and celebrated on the first and second of November. During Fet Gede, voodoo practitioners go to cemeteries to give food and drink offerings and to pray. Celebrations also continue at voodoo temples during the evenings.

Born in Paris, France, in the early eighties, Ada’s passion for singing started at the early age of 5. After moving to the United States, she began writing poetry to express her frustrations and the pressures of immigrant life. At 12, she began her professional career. She started with singing the National Anthem at all of her Basketball games and talent shows from High School all the way

Miss Fatima Genise Durand Altieri, or FATIMA, as she introduces herself, was born in Port-au-Prince, Haiti on September 20th, 1993. She’s known since childhood she was going to be a fashion or music star and started  singing at 6 years old.

Since starting her music career, Fatima’s passion for music outgrew the one for fashion and collaborated with numerous musical artist such as  Eric Virgal, Fabrice Rouzier, Keke Belizaire, Izolan, Baky, Wendy, O-Gun, Cruz La while having a few hit songs of her own like her international Kreyol hit single “W Abandone M”, translating to You Abandoned Me, which came out in 2015.

FATIMA is doing what she can to be one, if not the most renown Haitian songstress of the 21st century.

Aside from her music Fatima still model, and hosts her own TV show, Culture Lakay, nicknamed the Fatima Show, on Télé Éclair, and gets to present in her own words what she feels is interesting about her Haitian Culture. There is no doubt that Miss Altieri will continue to strive for greatness

I sat with Fatima for  a little chat: 

 

HB: I saw you perform during the Labor Day Weekend in New York, was that your very first performance in New York?

FA: Yes It was my first performing in New York, and it was a great experience.

HB: What got you involved into music in the first place?

FA: I first started singing at church when I was a little girl. I was always the soloist in the choire in front of the stage, that motivated me at a young age to pursue my talent.

HB: Have you been to the States before?

FA: Yes I've been to the States before, mostly for vacation and I also performed in Miami last Winter.

HB: Walk us through what it’s like to be Fatima right now, being a young female Haitian artist living in Haiti?

FA: Being a young female artist living in Haiti is a very big challenge. Every day is a fight to achieve your goal. Our industry is very hard, especially for women..As you know we can count on our fingers how many females artists we have. They mostly get discouraged, which I can totally understand, sometimes I want to give up too, but I do have a dream and will work hard to make it come true.

HB: What is the music scene like in Haiti?

FA: The music scene in Haiti had made a lot of progress. I can tell, we're still late though ... but we're not where we need to be.

HB: How would you describe your music to a stranger?

FA: My music is very poetic and soulful…it has  no limit

HB: Do you write your own music?

FA: Yes, I wrote my own lyrics to my songs, songs like “W’abandone’m”, “Femme”, “Destine”, I worte them all.

HB: What other talents do you have beside music?

FA: Beside singing,, I write stories, I do some modeling, I paint sometimes and I also do some  acting.

HB: Wow, very impressive. Do people compare you to any other female artists?

FA: I don't know if people compare me to other artists, but they sometimes compare my music to other music like "Femme" they say it's like an Emeline Michel Song 

HB: Do you come from a musical family?

FA: Yes, my grand mother used to sing, my dad  played some instruments (not sure), my great grand  uncle Dorival Altieri was one of the pioneer of troubadour’s tendency in Haiti. You may know some of his songs “Tica”, and  my little brother sings as well.

HB: I’m glad I asked that question, did not know that Dorival Altiery was your uncle. How much talent do you have?

FA: I don't know how much talent I have but I do know that if I have a good platform and a very good team I can do big things.

HB: How do you feel about the internet in the music business?

FA: The Internet can be very beneficial in the music business, it is a very huge platform for artists. They just have to know how to use it to their advantage.

HB: Who are your musical icons/influences?

FA: It’s a mixed bag, it’s a lot, but what comes to mind is, Michael Jackson, Ginette Reno, Yanick Etienne, Sia, Jessie J, Whitney Houston and many others…

HB: My topical day I'll wake up very late lol , I'll take a long shower

FA: I'll stay in bed eating healthy snacks and read a good book. Or I'll just wake up early and go to work and do the routine.

HB: Favorite food?

FA: My favorite food is “fritay” lol but I'm a foodie so I love everything that taste good in my mouth

HB: Favorite drink?

FA: My favorite drink is water lol, I love Jp Chenet ice edition champagne 

Moet and some good wine

HB: One thing you can’t leave home without?

FA: I can't leave home without my phone lol

HB: A bad hobby?

FA: One of my bad habit is actually spending too much time on my phone or my laptop. It's kind they call me antisocial for that

HB: One thing people would be surprised to learn about you?

FA: One thing that people would be surprise to know about me is that I like to get close to people so I can smell them. it's scary I know...but I love to smell people lol

HB: Talk to us about your new music video?

FA: My mew music video was a great experience with Lux Media. ,I  had the privilege to work with Abdias Laguerre as director. “Destine” is a success in my eyes cause I challenge myself, I act, I push the limits,  I'm pretty much satisfied.

HB: How do you prepare for a studio session?

FA: For a studio session I sleep for 8 hours I drink some tea in the morning and eat a good meal ,and I'm ready to spend the day in the booth.

HB: What are your plans for the future?

FA: I have a lot of plans, one of the them is going back to the studio, because I got some Good inspirations going right now.

How can a fan follow your music?

https://m.facebook.com/FatimaTheModelTheSinger/

http://instagram.com/fatiful

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC_Bp7PdHcujGqoGd6y-V20Q

 

 

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.

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