How Arcade Fire’s Little Haiti show happened

By | October 29th, 2013 | 2 Comments
The Reflektors play Oct. 24, 2013 in Miami, FL at the Haiti Cultural Center.

Arcade Fire as The Reflektors at the Little Haiti Cultural Center. — photo by Eric Kayne

Arcade Fire beat out Eminem, Lady Gaga, Katy Perry and Lady Antebellum for Album of the Year at the 2011 Grammys. With each new album, the band tours the world, playing venues like Madison Square Garden. But on Thursday, Oct. 24, Arcade Fire, one of the biggest bands in the world, performed as “The Reflektors” at a community center in Little Haiti. Read the rest of this entry »

Sunday Stroll aims to ‘reintroduce’ Little Haiti

By | February 20th, 2013 | No Comments
Dance at Big Night Little Haiti

The Sunday Stroll will feature neighborhood “hotspots” like the Little Haiti Cultural Center, pictured here during a performance of a vodou ritual. — photo by Robby Campbell

With the increasing number and volume of complaints about Wynwood’s Second Saturday Art Walk and its rowdy atmosphere, a Little Haiti-based coalition is inviting the culturally curious to explore a different Miami neighborhood. Spearheaded by Yo Miami with the support of Sweat Records, the Little Haiti Cultural Center, and other neighborhood anchors, the first Little Haiti Sunday Stroll will take place from noon to 6 p.m. on March 3.

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Miami Haitians March in Celebration of Fallen Walls

By | October 22nd, 2010 | No Comments
Woman screaming hallelujah II.

A woman falls to her knees in prayer at the Little Haiti Jericho revival.

On my way to the Awesome New Republic show at Sweat Records last night, I stopped at a red light at the corner of MLK Boulevard and NE 2nd Avenue. Through my open windows came the sound of hundreds of voices singing, and I could see through a tall iron gate a huge, slow procession of people and floating candle light. I asked a man walking by what was going on. “Jericho,” he said.

In the Bible, God tells the Israelites to march around the great walls of Jericho once a day for six days blowing shofars. On the seventh day, he commands them to encircle the city walls seven times, shouting and blowing their horns. They obey, the walls of Jericho crumble, and the Israelites capture the city.

For nine years now, thousands of Catholic Haitians have gathered on the grounds of the Notre Dame d’Haiti Cathedral, in Little Haiti, to commemorate the biblical story. The Miami New Times has pointed out the irony of Haitians celebrating the historic destruction of a city ten months after an earthquake demolished their homeland. But last night’s revival was not ironic. The feeling of the hundreds of voices rising and falling together was pure. There was joy in it, and there was pain.

At one point, an old woman dropped to her knees alongside the gate and, clutching iron, screamed “Hallelujah” until she was hoarse. In that word, I understood that the worshippers don’t see any irony in the revival. The fall of Jericho and the fall of Port-au-Prince can be reconciled. God willed both, they believe. And he had a reason.

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