Krewe du Kanaval Returns Friday with Arcade Fire, Preservation Hall, Mia X and More

Arcade Fire will headline the Krewe du Kavanal's third annual Kanaval Ball on Friday, February 14.  Arcade Fire's Win Butler and Régine Chassagne (whose family is of Haitian decent) formed the krewe with Ben Jaffe of Preservation Hall, and it debuted in 2018 with the goal of linking Carnival traditions with their roots in Haiti’s past.

A "Serenade" Plays New Orleans Film Fest

Documentary producer and director Owsley Brown was not looking for a movie when he arrived in Port-au-Prince. He found himself at the Sainte Trinité Music School and was immediately struck by it. Brown remembers an indescribably welcoming feeling that he couldn’t explain but knew immediately he had to capture on film. Here the roots of Serenade for Haiti began.

Leyla McCalla Maps Her Musical World Before Jazz Fest Friday

On last year’s A Day for the Hunter, A Day for the Prey, Leyla McCalla situated her exploration of her Haitian Creole roots in South Louisiana, not by making Cajun or zydeco music, but by working with Louis Michot, Don Vappie and other area musicians to find a place where their ideas meet. The performances have obvious intellectual rigor, but it never comes at the expense of heart.

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