Dancer Nadia Dieudonné performing. At the far right is drummer Bonga. The Drums Rhythm Preservation Project presentation at Brooklyn College, Saturday, June 24. (Photo Tequila Minsky for The Haitian Times)

By Tequila Minsky

BROOKLYN—A little over a year ago, drummers Jean “Fanfan” Rene and Steve Deats were speaking with Marie-Lily Cerat, executive director of the Haitian Studies Institute at Brooklyn College. The artists reflected on how certain rhythms might disappear as Haitian master drummers age. 


A new project led by the Haitian Studies Institute highlights masters of Haitian drumming, a vital aspect of Haiti’s culture and legacy.

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