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Artists come together for “Brooklyn for Haiti” benefit concert at Kumble Theater for the Performing Arts at Long Island University’s Brooklyn Campus

Randy Weston, Blues in Red Band with Buyu Ambroise, Eddy Bourjolly with Miriam Augustin, Willie Perdomo, Voix et Tambours d’Haiti among the performers

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Fatima Kafele,Deputy Director of Public Relations
Brooklyn Campus,
Long Island University
718-488-1014

Furthering its commitment to assist in Haiti relief efforts, Long Island University’s Brooklyn campus will hold “Brooklyn for Haiti,” a benefit concert on Tuesday, Feb. 23 at 7:00 pm at Kumble Theater for the Performing Arts. The extensive roster of musicians, singers, poets and writers—many of whom are Haitian and Haitian-American—will present an entertaining and spirited evening of performances.

Tickets to the show are $20 & $15; $12 for students with valid ID. Benefit passes are $50 and include concert admission and a pre-show reception in the Riggio. The funds raised will be donated to five highly-regarded organizations leading in the relief effort: the American Red Cross; Doctors Without Borders; Yéle Haiti Foundation; and Haitian Women for Haitian Refugees.

Since the devastating Jan. 12 earthquake in Haiti, the Brooklyn Campus has conducted a campus-wide relief effort, including fundraising initiatives that have raised thousands of dollars. The Campus has provided crisis counseling to students and staffers affected by the catastrophe and a health-related relief team of students and professors is expected to travel to the country this spring.

Kumble Theater for the Performing Arts is located on Long Island University’s Brooklyn Campus on Flatbush Avenue between DeKalb Avenue and Willoughby Street in downtown Brooklyn. For more information, call (718) 488-1624 or visit www.kumbletheater.org.

“Brooklyn for Haiti” includes performances by:

  • Jazz collective Blues in Red Band with Haitian saxophonist Buyu Ambroise
  • Haitian jazz musician Eddy Bourjolly with vocalist Miriam Augustin
  • Vocalist Moumouse and Master Haitian Drummer Serge Decius
  • Noted poet Jayne Cortez and her band the Firsespitters
  • Nuyorican poetry trailblazer Sandra Maria Estevez
  • Writers Hugues St. Fort, Robert Josephat Large and Yolaine St. Fort
  • Members of the LIU-Brooklyn Campus Haitian Student Association
  • Jojo Kuo and Amayo of the celebrated Afro-beat band Antibalas
  • Kongo Band
  • Guitarist Marc Mathelier
  • The Sam Newsome Band with Tulvia-Donna Cumberbatch and Andrea Brachfield
  • Nuyorican poet and author Willie Perdomo
  • Writer Patrick Rosal
  • Haitian “Konpa” band Tabou Combo
  • Trinidadian poet Cheryl Boyce Taylor
  • Haitian choral group Voix et Tambours d’Haiti
  • World renowned pianist Randy Weston featuring bass player Alex Blake

Posted 02/16/2010

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