by Marie Antoine, KDC's Public Voice & Kriyol Dance! Collective
During the 2019 grant year, we sought to implement for the first time “Kriyol Vodou Band: Making Music, Keeping Tradition.” An extension of the work that we completed during our first grant season with CCNYC in 2018, this project served as an opportunity for us to tell the stories of the musicians who are critical in the preservation of Haitian cultural traditions in our neighborhood.
Sak Rete Ou? (What's Stopping You? in Haitian Creole), holds space for reflections, meditations, poetry, video blogs, and capacity to captivate readers through creative writing. To the question, sak rete ou?, we respond "Nou Se Kriyol!" (We are the Children! in Haitian Creole), implying and calling on the strength, kindness, and revolution of our Haitian ancestors to move forward!