Photos and Article by Darby Farr
Data News Weekly Contributor
In marking the cultural ties between New Orleans and Haiti, artists from both places celebrated their linkages at the “Haiti Is Us” music and talk event on May 1, 2019 at the Evolve Artspace at the Angela King Art Gallery on Royal Street.
“I went to a festival here [in New Orleans], and I heard people speaking Creole, and I could understand them,” said Theodore “Lolo” Beaubrun, Jr. of the Grammy-nominated Haitian band Boukman Eksperyans. Beaubrun said that visiting New Orleans during Jazz Fest week allowed him to see the many similarities between the city and his native country, from the style of music to the language. Beaubrun said he believes that Haitians and the people of New Orleans need to spark a conversation between each other, because many people are not aware of the direct ties New Orleans has to Haiti.