Solidarité avec Haiti: Earthquake Relief Fundraiser

Friday, January 22, 2010 - 5:00pm

A group of local musicians, dancers and visual artists have banded together to host a fundraiser for the victims of the recent earthquake in Port-au-Prince, Haiti.  The event will begin at 6pm on Friday, January 22nd, at The Cedar Cultural Center.  Food will be catered by Victor’s 1959 Café and The French Meadow, among others.

There will be an art auction with work by Víctor Yépez and Bernardo Guzmán.

All door, art and food sale proceeds will go directly to Doctors Without Borders / Medicins Sans Frontieres Emergency Relief Fund.

Viviana Pintado is a three-time Latin Grammy nominee pianist and vocalist.  Before relocating to the Twin Cities, she toured and recorded extensively as a member of the band of salsa singing star, Albita.   She is now a creative force behind several local salsa and jazz ensembles.

Nominated “Best Hip Hop Artist” for the 2006 Minnesota Music Awards, Maria Isa is a Twin Cities -born singer, songwriter and emcee of Nuyorican roots.  Her music is a feisty, yet organic, blend of Afro-Caribbean rhythms, R&B, Motown and Reggaeton.  

Born in Cameroon, Kenn Wanaku is the leader of local African roots music band SUNPlug’d.  Wanaku draws inspiration from indigenous/tribal/aboriginal music from all over the world. His unique finger-picking style on the guitar adds a new sonic perspective to each song.

Directed by acclaimed saxophone and flute player Doug Little, Charanga Tropical is a nine-piece orchestra that performs classic and modern salsa music with a twist.  Its violin and flute instrumentation, typical of Cuban charanga, gives the band a sound that is both harmonically rich and infectiously rhythmic.

Yenyeré is an innovative drum, dance and voice ensemble that brings together Afro-Caribbean genres from Puerto Rico, Cuba and Brazil.

Other performers include:  ABCapoeira (Central do Brasil); master percussionists Eliezer Freitas Santos, Brian Van Tassel and Chico Chávez; René Thompson (of Rene Dance Studios) and The Collective Dance Company; Nicolás Carter and Renato Lombardi of Nube; Carlos Díaz and Donna McKirdy; and Pardo.

Major Funders

The McKnight FoundationTarget

Minnesota State Arts BoardThis activity is funded, in part, by the Minnesota State Arts Board through the arts and cultural heritage fund as appropriated by the Minnesota State Legislature with money from the Legacy Amendment vote of the people of Minnesota on November 4, 2008.

This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a Minnesota State Arts Board Operating Support grant, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund, and a grant from the Wells Fargo Foundation Minnesota