Join the Carrefour Collaborative for a benefit dinner at Chez Violette on May 5th. The Carrefour Collaborative is a group firmly rooted in music that works on two major projects in Haiti. In their own words:
Messiah Brown Productions
The pilot project for the Carrefour Collaborative’s grant program involves a community of musicians in Leogane. Nearer to the epicenter of the earthquake than Port Au Prince, Leogane was devasted following the 2010 earthquake. In the wake of that tragedy, we have teamed up with local musicians to begin building a recording studio to serve the artistic community in Leogane. Messiah Brown Studios is currently fully functional and a myriad of musicians have come through to record Hip Hop, Haitian Roots, Reggae, Pop and all sorts of styles. We have finished recording a compilation enititledLeogane, Episant featuring a collection of local musicians. We hope to have a proper release for the album this summer as we continue to make improvements at the studio.
Ecole De Musique Dessaix Baptiste
Part of the Carrefour Collaborative’s mission is to support existing arts institutions in Haiti. We are currently working to raise funds to sponsor a handful of teachers at the Dessaix Baptiste School of Music. Located in downtown Jacmel, Dessaix Baptiste has been providing music education to the underserved youth in Jacmel for over 15 years. Due to financial constraints, many of the professors have gone months without being paid for their work. This leads to inconsistency in the students’ education and decreased morale among staff at the school. It is our goal to support a group of dedicated professors in order to provide encouragement and stability for the workers and students of the school.
Help them out by coming to their dinner on May 5th in Chicago. If you can’t make it for dinner, you can donate by contacting them via their Facebook page.