Our dear friend Mona Augustin has been an outspoken supporter of Haitian people, and of Yon Sel Lanmou. He has performed at our benefit concert, is an instructor at Royalty Free Haiti, and has selflessly devoted heroic efforts to support Village Mozayik. This gifted musician recently released the CD Mamamee that we encourage you to purchase. In additional to getting to hear amazing original Haitian music, you will know that your purchase is benefiting Village Mozayik featured in this documentary. Click here to purchase the CD.
The Director of the first Royalty Free Haiti school, Najee Dread, plants vetiver grass on his land with YSL President Greg Cronin, his family, and some RFH students. Najee says the vetiver grass will stabilize the soil on his steep property, where he plans to grow beans, peppers, melons, corn, and fruit trees. Visit the Royalty Free Haiti and Vetiver System pages to learn more about the individual projects.
Come party with us before we head out to Haiti for a month! A group of us are going to bring access to music education and technology to our Haitian friends!! We’ll have our awesome Royalty Free Haiti shirts, patches, and necklaces available. Dryer Plug Studios has been so generous to this project, it’s only right we go out at our favorite space! community, music, drinks, what more do you want??
Special Performances by:
Wheelchair Sports Camp
Molina Speaks & Randy Runyan (Everyday Denver pre- release)
Rattlesnake & more
if you can’t make our event… please look at our indiegogo where you can make a donation for merch, the samplebank, original art, etc.
Amelia Laing is a Haitian scholar, wrote a thesis on the Haitian Revolution, and has spent a lot of time in Haiti. Yon Sel Lanmou respects her opinions on Haiti, which makes this endorsement that much sweeter. See her original post here.
Thanks Amelia. Yon Sel Lanmou
YSL’s Director of Audio Production, Kalyn Heffernan continues to produce songs for Haitian artists. A couple of 2 Rasin songs that Greg recorded in Jan. 2012 were produced by Kalyn. Kalyn created a Soundcloud page for YSL where you can check out the songs:
The 4th Annual Haiti Benefit Concert will take place Nov.8,2013 at the Colorado Art Center. Kalyn made the poster and will be performing. Greg’s band Mute Man’s Microphone will be performing, as will Fast4Ward. Theo Wilson will emcee. There will be a greater focus on Haitian culture and fundraising this year. YSL is partnering with the local Haitian community to provide Haitian food, art, and dance. There will be plenty of “open mic” opportunity for people to talk about their Haitian experiences. Join us!
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In cooperation with J/P HRO and CRS, Greg Cronin led a team of Haitian women and men to plant vetiver grass to restore some ecosystem services provided by vegetation such as soil stabilization and fertility, flood control, and biomass production. The project built community, made the camp look better, and continued long after Greg returned to the US. Greg saw when he returned to camp that the vetiver had thrived in most areas, and was being used in unattended ways, such as drying clothes, forage, and as trellises for gardens.