The islands of the Caribbean share the legacy of the trans-Atlantic slave trade-driven African
Diaspora, mixed with many different European and indigenous cultures. On Saturday, April 12, music
from two of these island communities, Haiti and Curaçao, takes center stage in Miami in a showcase
of their shared and varied roots. The evening features South Florida-based Haitian artist Jan Sebon
and Curaçao's beloved troubadour Oswin "Chin" Behilia. The concert, at Miami Beach's Colony
Theatre at 8:00 pm, is part of Tigertail's 2007/2008 season.
This amazing joint concert features a World Premiere by South Florida-based Haitian artist Jan Sebon and his
group KAZAK, Peyi Mwen (My Country), a multi-media musical work that blends current events,
autobiography, dance and video. Peyi Mwen is jointly commissioned by Tigertail Productions, the
Skirball Cultural Center/Los Angeles and the National Performance Network. Sebon has created a
Haitian-based world-fusion piece that
is hip, poetic and politically conscious. Chin Behilia,
appearing in Miami for the first time, will be accompanied by his ensemble of musicians from
Curaçao. Chin is a sharp-witted songwriter whose compositions often penetrate to the essence of
life in the Dutch Antilles. Many of his composition include Antillean waltzes reminiscent of the
bossa novas of Antonio Carlos Jobim. Chin's repertoire includes lovely danzas, boleros, tumbas and
the traditional sehú. This man of many talents was knighted by the Queen of the Netherlands for
contributions in several fields to his native island as musician, broadcaster, politician,
impresario and mentor to young talent. While the islands of Haiti and Curaçao have their own
unique languages, Haitian Creole and the Dutch Antillean Papiamento, together these two performers
build a musical bridge.
"Chin Behilia's music is a soft and lilting mosaic of genres such as salsa, calypso, soca and
zouk, a truly pan-tropical sound." – Songlines
"Sebon keeps Haiti's political, poetic, and musical
heart beating…" – Miami New Times
On Thursday, April 10 at 6:30 pm there will also be a free panel discussion, From Dushi Korsou to
Peyi Mwen: Caribbean Culture and the African Diaspora, with Oswin "Chin" Behilia and Jan Sebon; Sophia Lacroix, Haitian-American painter; Andrea Shore, Professor at Nova University; and moderator
Geoffrey Philp, Jamaican-American writer, followed by a meet-the-artist reception at Circa39, 3900 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach.
To visit Jan Sebon on the web, go to www.jansebon.com and www.myspace.com/jansebon.
Click here (http://oswinchinbehilia.calabashmusic.com) for more on Chin Behilia.
Targeted support for Oswin Behilia comes from the
Consulates-General of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Miami and New York and Curaçao
Tourist Board. Jan Sebon is funded in part through Meet The Composer's
MetLife Creative Connections program. Peyi Mwen is a National Performance Network Creation Fund
Project commissioned by Tigertail Productions in partnership with the Skirball Cultural Center
and the National Performance Network. The NPN and the NPN Creation Fund is sponsored by the Doris
Duke Charitable Foundation, Ford Foundation, Nathan Cummings Foundation, Altria, and the National
Endowment for the Arts (a federal agency).
For more information about the NPN go to www.npnweb.org.