Haitian culture has a new voice

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Haitian culture has a new voice

Post by Frantz » Tue Jun 12, 2007 7:04 am

Posted on Sun, Jun. 10, 2007
ARTS AND CULTURE | SPOTLIGHT ON HAITI
Haitian culture has a new voice

A young Miramar woman of Haitian ancestry presents a new kind of television talk show -- a backyard show.
BY EILEEN SOLER
Special to The Miami Herald

EILEEN SOLER / FOR THE MIAMI HERALD
Nathalie Guillaume, 23, will host the new cable network program 'The Backyard Show,' featuring Haitian artists and entertainers 'keeping our traditions alive.' Here, Guillaume is at home in her own Miramar backyard.
» More Photos Relaxed in her tropical Miramar backyard, Nathalie Guillaume chatted about her gig as host of a new Haitian TV show fittingly called The Backyard Show.

''I'll show you the good and the bad through people who write books, who are philosophers and artists, who know what they speak of and can speak well of it,'' Guillaume said.

In Haiti, Guillaume's homeland, the backyard is the gathering place where language is learned, stories are told, friendships are forged, families are cemented and conversation never ends.

''In Haitian, culture, everything happens in the backyard,'' Guillaume said.

Taped at Il Castello nightclub in Miami and produced by New Era Productions based in Weston, Guillaume promises to educate, inform, entertain and enlighten from an arts and sciences point of view.

At age 23, Guillaume has the résumé to fit the challenge.

She was born in Port-au-Prince to an artistic family, including grandfather Guy Durosier, once called an ambassador of Haitian music. As a child, Guillaume studied fine art with the late Jean-Claude ''Tiga'' Garoute and was an accomplished concert pianist by age 8.

But Guillaume is also driven by academics.

She moved to Miramar from Haiti in 2002 and within three years earned degrees in biochemistry, foreign literature and piano performance from the University of Miami. The musician, singer, poet and chemist is a biology teacher at North Miami High School and is working toward a doctorate in cosmetic research via botany and pharmacology.

So, Guillaume said, The Backyard Show delivers art and entertainment from educated perspectives.

''The arts can seem so detached for people in academia. I make the show about arts and sciences from history and fact,'' she said.

The first episode aired on June 2 and included a discussion about the pros and cons of Haitian isolation in the United States and how seclusion can keep culture alive or lead to its disappearance in the American melting pot.

Guests included Haitian-American writer Joanne Hyppolite, curator for community research at the Historical Museum of Southern Florida in Miami.

''It's not common here to see storytelling, for instance, happening in backyards. But in Haiti, you can still walk outside your home and see culture everywhere,'' Hyppolite said.

Guillaume's goal is to bolster interest in Haitian culture for people of all backgrounds, ``keeping our tradition alive through meaningful conversation.''

On Saturday's show, Guillaume will host musicians of different musical styles -- jazz master Jowee Omicil, roots drummer Yatande Boko, jazz pianist Mushi Widmaer, and up-and-coming world beat star Erol Josue.

Shows are presented in English, French and Creole and air at 10:30 a.m. Saturdays through December on Comcast channels 19 in North Dade, 76 in North Broward and 79 in South Broward.

Guillaume said the 2008 season depends on advertisers. ''There are 600,000 Haitians in Florida. Haitians send $850 million every year to Haiti and consume $10 billion every year worldwide. We have the audience,'' Guillaume said.

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Post by Guysanto » Tue Jun 12, 2007 7:06 am

Cheers!!!
She was born in Port-au-Prince to an artistic family, including grandfather Guy Durosier,
POSITIVE
As a child, Guillaume studied fine art with the late Jean-Claude ''Tiga'' Garoute

POSITIVE
and was an accomplished concert pianist by age 8.
POSITIVE
She moved to Miramar from Haiti in 2002 and within three years earned degrees in biochemistry, foreign literature and piano performance from the University of Miami. The musician, singer, poet and chemist is a biology teacher at North Miami High School and is working toward a doctorate in cosmetic research via botany and pharmacology.
WOW! That's an extraordinarily gifted and precocious young woman... what an impressive list of credentials for a 23 year old!

Even more admirably, she is sticking to her roots and sharing it with the world in every positive way, based on the information contained in this article. Thanks for posting it, Frantz. This article really makes my day... It shows that one can still believe in a bright future for Haiti because, in spite of all our tribulations, we still have three formidable assets that we can always count on: our people, our culture, and our place in history.

Let's keep an eye on Nathalie. Those of you who are fortunate enough to be able to watch "The Backyard Show", please do so and report on it for the rest of us. Could you take on that assignment, Frantz? I don't know anyone else I could ask, other than Tidodo, but he is "very rare" these days. Empress Verite would have been very happy to do that in the past, but she had a falling out with me and apparently decided to leave the forum. So, since you are the one who posted this article, Frantz, I urge you to watch the show and post back your impressions. Of course, anyone else who would be so inclined is welcome to do the same.
Guillaume promises to educate, inform, entertain and enlighten from an arts and sciences point of view.
Right on, sister! Keep on keeping on... You make us very proud.

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Post by Serge » Wed Jun 13, 2007 2:30 pm

Frantz,

Se koulye a sèlman mwen fèk li atik sa sou kokenchenn atis sa ki rele Natalie Guillaume. Tankou Guy, mwen santi mwen fyè anpil lè map wè detèminsayon ak visyon yon negès lakay nou ki deside kenbe voye kilti Ayti a monte byen wo. Mèsi anpil pou atik sa ke ou poste sou Fowòm lan, san sa, anpil nan nou ta ka pa okouran.

Serge

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