In commemoration of Haitian Flag Day, three Haitian songstresses will take to the stage in New York City to celebrate the woman behind the flag — Catherine Flon.
On May 20, Phyllisia Ross, Riva Precil, and Sherlee “Skai” Debrosse will perform at New York’s legendary Sounds of Brazil (SOB’s)club and restaurant for a night of culture and pride.
Flon, the goddaughter of Haitian revolutionary leader Jean Jacques Dessalines, sewed the first Haitian flag in 1803, marking the then-slave country’s quest for liberation and freedom.
“We are proud to commemorate this amazing day with a solid line up of Haitian women,” Gashford Guillaume, co-organizer of the event said. “They were the pillars of the Haitian revolution and today remain the support nexus throughout the world at large.
Ross is a classically-trained pianist, who has made a name for herself on the international stage with big name collaborations like Jah Cure, Marvin, Ne-Yo and the Game. Precil is known for her sultry tunes and dance moves that incorporate Haitian Vodou influences. Debrosse is a rising songstress in the HMI, signaling a new wave of talent coming into the industry.
“We are proud to present three Haitian-American queens, female artists that are the most dominant in today’s Haitian Music Industry worldwide,” Guillaume said.
The concert, sponsored by the Haitian American Caucus and SOB’s, begins at 7 p.m. Tickets can be purchased here.