Saturday, May 8th – Caribbean (Trinidadian and Bajan) Delights
6:00 pm to 7:00 pm – Delightful Cuisine – Your Favorite Caribbean Restaurant via DoorDash
7:00 pm to 7:45 pm – Delightful Music – Lima Calbio
7:45 pm to 9:00 pm – Delightful Cinema – “Barrow: Freedom Fighter”
Delightful Music: The name, Lima Calbio is, throughout the Caribbean, synonymous with vocal versatility and musical mastery. For over the past couple decades, Lima has earned a fine reputation as an excellent performer the world over as she has taken the music of the Caribbean, calypso, soca, ragga, reggae, dancehall, zouk and more throughout North America, UK, Europe, South America, Africa, the Middle East and Asia.
In her homeland, Trinidad, Lima is considered a living legend and she has built a dedicated fan base, which expands with every show she does whenever she visits home. Based in New York, Lima has also established herself there as an artiste that attracts patrons in large numbers and for being the consummate crowd pleaser.
Lima was born and grew up in the Borough of Arima on the north-eastern region of the island of Trinidad. Her music career began in earnest when she was just six-years-old and she sang in her family’s parang group.
Parang is a Spanish-derived genre indigenous to Trinidad and performed at Christmas and to a lesser extent, at Easter. The songs tell stories of the Nativity as well as the life and ministry of Jesus the Christ. Along the singers needing to learn Spanish lyrics, the vocal style is quite complex and requires the singer to develop techniques and skills that are quite intricate.
Lima has mastered the above, which have contributed immensely to her versatility as a singer, taking easily to any genre she is required to perform, whether the music of the Caribbean or other styles such as R&B, pop, jazz and even rock.
Delightful Cinema: Narrated by former United States Attorney General Eric Holder whose father is from Barbados, the Errol Barrow docudrama, BARROW: FREEDOM FIGHTER tells the story of The Right Excellent Errol Walton Barrow who successfully led Barbados to independence on November 30th, 1966 after more than 300 years as a British colony.
Saturday, May 15th – Haitian Delights
6:00 pm to 7:00 pm – Delightful Cuisine – Your Favorite Haitian Restaurant via DoorDash
7:00 pm to 7:45 pm – Delightful Music – Paul Beaubrun & Zing Experience
7:45 pm to 9:30 pm – Delightful Cinema – “Kafe Negro”
Delightful Music: A scion of Haitian musical royalty, Paul has spent his life living to the beat. Son of the Grammy nominated band Boukman Eksperyans, his earliest memories are of rhythm and sound. Moving to New York as a youth he was inspired by his heritage to begin crafting a sound all his own. Constantly aware of his roots, the struggle of an immigrant and the drive of New York life, Paul began to create a path where music, activism and history meet.
A unique and transfixing sound he calls ‘Roots/Blues’, Paul weaves his impeccable guitar skills, rich, vocals, musical ingenuity and cultural history together; all while performing a smooth melange of both English, French and Creole (the native tongue of his Haitian roots).
Paul has played alongside some of the world’s best artists including Ms. Lauryn Hill, Maxwell, Arcade Fire, Jackson Browne and Bob Weir. Worldwide performances include venues such as The Beacon Theater and Radio City Music Hall in NYC, Massey Hall in Toronto, The Ryman Theatre in Nashville, The House of Blues in Chicago, The Montreal Jazz Festival, Festival Internationale Nuits d’Afrique in Montreal, Le Trianon in Paris, The Paleo Festival in Switzerland, No Siesta Fiesta in Norway. These continued accomplishments make him one of the few artists coming out of Haiti to garner worldwide success.
Paul has joined forces with Artists for Peace and Justice, and become an integral part of their organization. He is currently working in collaboration with Jackson Browne, and several other artists including Jon Russell (the Head and the Heart), Jonathan Wilson, Habib Koite, Jenny Lewis and Raul Rodriguez on an upcoming album for APJ. He also continues to be an active member and perform at their many events in the USA and Canada. This allows Paul to do what he loves; play music while also furthering awareness of Haitian art, culture and promoting the incredible talent of Haiti’s youth.
Paul’s album titled ‘Vilnerab’, released in 2015, soared directly to #1 on itunes in the World Music category, receiving rave reviews. In 2016, he was nominated for a Dora Award by the Toronto Alliance for the Performing Arts for ‘Outstanding Sound Design/Composition’ in the production of Espwa/Espoir. Paul’s most recent album, “Ayibobo”, released in May of 2018 on Ropeadope Records, sees Paul’s further evolution of sound into Rock/Roots/Blues music.
Delightful Cinema: Kafe Negro tells the story of migrations around a small grain that has become the second most important raw material on the global market. This film tells the story of the waves of migration of Haitian workers who, over time, have profoundly transformed the culture and demography of Cuba and allowed the development of coffee growing on the island.