Last night I attended my first Haitian concert and what a fun experience!
The show was meant to start at 5:30PM and thanks to the time change, pretty much everyone was there right around 5:30! (Daylight savings time in Haiti has apparently been an on-again-off-again kind of thing the last few years. Apparently once they “compromised” and only fell back 30 minutes instead of the full hour…clearly what Haitians need is ambiguous and poorly communicated rules about the actual time, let alone what time they are supposed to show up somewhere. But I digress)
The concert was three groups performing Christian music so we took the older kids at New Vision along with us as well.
not a great picture..but this was before we realized we were sitting right next to a four foot speaker, so we moved. and i did not take a new picture in the better light. oops. Perhaps I was too busy sweating through my dress for the third time that day. Perhaps.
There was an emcee who kept the crowd pumped up throughout the evening (I am assuming he was keeping them pumped up because I only understood about 5 of the words he was saying since my creole is still piti piti)
This dance group was awesome and introduced me to a new genre of music—Christian rap in Creole. They performed to multiple songs and some were in English, but rapping about G-O-D made me think of that awesome scene in Sister Act 2: Back in the Habit where they go nuts and win the competition and save the school and Lauren Hill’s mom isn’t mad at her anymore because she is living her dream of being a singer. Kind of like that.
This artist kindly catered to the blans in the audience and sang Worthy is the Lamb in Creole then in English. And homeboy could wail. It was beautiful.
This is the most professional of all the groups we saw. It was a real gift that they joined this concert to support and promote the other artists. Maestro’s group has been performing for a long time and is very popular in Montouis. They sing acapella and everyone loves them, so to open for a newer group to help boost the attendance numbers was awesome.
The headlining group! They have only been together for about a year, but they’re doing great and put on a really good show. As the picture below demonstrates, their friends and family in the audience LOVED them and basically started a mosh pit of excitement over their musical talent.
It was a fun night and really great to support all of these young men who are choosing to pursue a hobby like music instead of the nothingness that seems to be so prevalent here. In a situation where there isn’t a lot to do and that often breeds trouble, it is so encouraging to see kids pursuing a talent and using their voices to praise the Lord instead of get into trouble.
Although I did see one of the artists make a quick change from her “I love Jesus” t-shirt to a slightly more scandalous tube top before the night was over, so teenagers will still be teenagers =)