Drumroll, please! The PleziKanaval Awards brought out stars and industry folks alike in the Haitian capital Thursday night. Among those in attendance were Michael Guirand from Carimi, Shabba from Djakout #1, Mikaben, J. Perry, Izolan, Garcelle Beauvais, Laurent Lamothe, and President Michel Martelly.
The awards show was hosted by Richie from Klass and started at 8 p.m. local time at the Karibe Hotel.
Check out the complete list of winners below to find out who walked away with a trophy! (This post will be updated throughout the night as more winners are announced.)
Haitian music stars are currently recording a new song to pay tribute to the victims and survivors of the 2015 Kanaval in Haiti. At least 18 people died after a power line fell on to Barikad Crew’s carnival float in the Haitian capital, Port au Prince on February 17, 2015.
The song will feature Djakout #1, Shabba, Roro, Mikaben, Okyjems, Izolan, Vwadezil, K-Zino and more.
Stay tuned with SawPanse.com for the track title and release date.
Mac D from Harmonik has taken the sultry and steamy route in the music video for his most recent release, “Illegal.” I’m not even kidding when I say the video for this song might be the sexiest we’ve seen yet from a Konpa star.
Illegal video starred Haitian model and TV personality Ayanna Morel, and directed by Abdias Laguerre (Lux Media). The song appeared on Harmonik’s latest album “Diferan.”
Mecca Aka Grimo has launched a GoFundMe campaign to raise funds for his new book “I wasn’t Born in Haiti but Haiti was Born in Me,” a mélange of poetic pieces that accentuate Haitian culture. Mecca hopes that schools, libraries, universities will adopt his book in their respective departments and utilize it to educate all, create pride and self esteem in our communities.
The deadline to recieve funds to help publish the “Living Book” is April 1, National Poetry Month. The book will be completed before the Month of May which is Haitian Heritage Cultural Month to ensure an ideal release date of May 1st.
Jerry Boursiquot, nickname Bousiko, is responsible for some of the most iconic Haitian cartoons in the past couple of years, even if few fans recognize his name. That should be partially rectified by this year’s release of the most popular Kanaval 2015 cover arts – most of them designed by Bousiko.
SEE ALSO: Introducing Haitian Cartoonist, Jerry Boursiquot aka Bousiko
Boursiquot is a self-taught illustrator who first began publishing his cartoons in the newspaper Le Martin.
Below is a selection of 2015 Kanaval cover arts Bousiko designed for some of the most popular Haitian bands:
Haitian actress and former fashion model Garcelle Beauvais is currently in Haiti with Fonkoze, a Haitian organization committed to alleviating poverty in Haiti. She visited her birthplace Saint Marc and also Haiti’s tourist attraction Palais Sans-Souci located in Milot, North Department of Haiti.
Beauvais was born in Saint-Marc Haiti, to Marie-Claire Beauvais, a nurse, and Axel Jean Pierre, a lawyer. After her parents divorced, Garcelle and her six elder siblings moved with their mother to the United States, first to Massachusetts and later to Miami.