Feels like centuries since I’ve written about an event…but I had decided that writing about events had to be worth my time
and Boukan‘s Anniversary was a festivity unquestionably worth talking about. It is already known that succeeding in the Haitian market is probably the hardest goal to achieve, so anyone with the cohones to start and to be able to sustain longevity definitely deserves a standing ovation. Did you see me cheering? need I say more?
The night, hosted by Naomiel and Farah Larieux, began with an opening poem by the founder of Boukan herself Angie Bell, with the only motive of remembering Haiti after all the tribulations our country went through. Followed was an erotic poem by the lovely Tico Armand, which is always a crowd pleaser when she uttered words like ” Self Masturbation” and “Hard Trombone” …oh boy need a drink of water just for writing this!!!
Then came Kercy Phillipe, a new singer (in my book that is) who performed one of Alicia Keys’ hit, Fallen, and one of our zouk favorites accompanied by Harmonik‘s Nikky on keyboard and Sanders on guitar, I think she was good but there is always room for improvement of course. (Didn’t quite understand the glasses though…LOL let me stop I already made too many jokes about wearing shades in the dark and Haitian artists…I’m telling you guys I will start wearing mine as soon as they make cool prescription ones…ok moving on!!
Followed was what I would call a powerful poet, El Sadate, who made us proud by winning a gold medallion for best actor in a competition that took place in the west of the country, his words so powerful that not only you learn from them but also turned the room into a stadium of cheers, the first poem was the journey of a man through the juicy valleys of a woman and the second one cleverly spoke about prevention from aids, both poems deserved an A+ and nothing less.
The night went on with a fabulous dance performance by the Afro Dancers, so tell me our people have talent or what?!!! Followed was Mr. Silence de mort himself Andre Frouad, “Kem se yon gro boulva…” which is forever inscribed in my memory. When you think the night was almost over, Harmonik of course delivered by performing their crowd favorites, they also sung happy birthday to the 2 beautiful ladies celebrating their day Tico Armand and Lynn Norvilus and of course to Boukan. Other highlighted moments were the presentation of the Ti Chapo costumes that will be featured in this year’s carnival.
The night closed with Lynn and Kobby J. who poured out their heart on the stage, never have I seen Lynn’s voice explode with such force. my opinion may be biased for she happens to be family but I’ve always told her that her vocals could use some work and for the first time she demonstrated that my advice did not go into deaf ears. Kobby J, whom happen to be new to me but not new to the world proved that music lived in his heart and that he is definitely ready to make it known internationally.
The owners of Moca Cafe also expressed their regrets for having to close the location for about a month, but for a positive motive, they are expanding!!! in November the regulars of Boukan can expect a bigger, better location for their event.
In the end, we all had fun and enjoyed a great evening. The artists were excellent from amateurs to experts and overall I have to say that I am very proud of Angie, Naomie, Jean Luc and Mimi for 2 years they have worked super hard to bring Haitian entertainment to this community, perhaps I feel they are not appreciated enough for the amount of work they put in and the frustration that comes with it, but I believe that with perseverance comes great reward, so once again Happy Birthday Boukan and may you thrive for the years to come.