Vanessa Benjamin, Michael Benjamin's wife, holds their daughter Leïa at her husband's celebration of life at the Miramar Cultural Center Sunday, November 6, 2022.

Family, friends, musicians and fans celebrated the life of Michael Benjamin, the musician known as Mikaben, at the Miramar Cultural Center on Sunday, Nov. 6. 

Attendees, encouraged to wear all white, shared condolences with the family outside the auditorium. Every seat in the auditorium was filled, and the event was live streamed on the outside lawn for those who could not make it in. Haitian musicians and friends sang a mix of gospel songs and Mikaben originals and family shared fond memories of him.

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Ashley Miznazi is a Report for America corps member covering the Haitian community in the South Florida/Miami area for The Haitian Times. Her work will heavily feature photography, video and other multimedia storytelling. Previously, Ashley was a multimedia fellow at The Texas Tribune, where she reported on DACA, Afghan resettlement and the foster care system.