Watch: A special studio session from Haiti featuring Paul Beaubrun & Friends for Haitian Flag Day

As part of WXPN’s Kanaval: Haitian Rhythms & the Music of New Orleans project, a studio session was recorded in April at The French Institute in Port-Au-Prince, Haiti, featuring musician Paul Beaubrun and friends, with special guests.

Originally premiering on Haitian Flag Day, Tuesday, May 18, 2020, the uplifting, hour long video set features Beaubrun fronting an incredible seven piece band, and the set magically captures the optimism and spirit of the Haitian people. Beaubrun’s recent album, Rasanbleman (Red Moon), is a celebration of Haitian music. Beaubrun is also featured in the Kanaval: Haitian Rhythms & the music of New Orleans documentary.

Watch the video below, followed by the full credits for the session.

The performers for the session include:

  • Nathanael Cineus – Keyboards 
  • David Casseus -Bass
  • Maxime Lafaille -Trumpet
  • Marc Harold Pierre – Percussions, Haitian Drums – Vocal
  • Dominique Hans (Bwagri) – Haitian Drums 
  • Handler Chery –  Backing Vocalist
  • Valdory Valcin –  Backing Vocalist
  • Kerven Lebrun (Kabysh) – Guest
  • Mario Pandache (Badio) – Guest 
  • Théodore Beaubrun Jr  (Lòlò) – Guest 
  • Paul Beaubrun – Guitar, Lead Singer and Producer 
  • Johnbern Thomas – Drums and Musical Director

Support for this performance is made possible by the Wyncote Foundation.

Studio session additional credits:

Directed and edited by: Garry Laurent

Video cameramen: Garry Laurent, Shadrac Juste, Schnieder Etienne, Sénatus Jean

Stage Technician: Pharo Prince Bélanges

RECORDED AND FILMED AT – ( IFH ) Institut Francais d’Haiti in Port-au-Prince, Haiti 

Engineered and mixed by: Pierre Elove and his assistant Ti Jean

Mastering– Gaëtan Collaud (GA3TAN)

Lighting: Prophete Fritz Marc (Pro-FÊTE Light Tech) 

Decor: Feeling Good

Conception: Johnbern Thomas.

DESIGN – Paul Beaubrun’s clothes – MINOKAN

Assistant/guitar tech Paul Beaubrun – Evens Lundy

Photo by: Hugue-Robert Marsan/Courtesy of the artist