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Video Pick of The Week!

“Siempre Formell” Dance-Off

The Juan Formell tribute concert, “Siempre Formell”, took place this past weekend at the 9th Annual Salsa Rueda Festival, and let’s just say, it was Fiyaaaaa!  It featured Roberton Hernandez, Pedrito Calvo, Samuel Formell and TIMBALIVE! This video clip features some of the Cuban dance scene’s top dancers: Yeni Molinet, Kati Hernandez, Yismari Ramos Tellez, Hansel Melgares, Alex Burris, Yeniel ‘Chini’ Perez, Duane Wrenn and Rolando “Roly” Maden. They were all jamming to one of Los Van Van’s most popular songs, Te Pone La Cabeza Mala.

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Interview with the Mystery Man!

About

Eli is the owner and founder of Elishama Designs, an online clothing company that specializes in bow ties.  Always having had an interest in bow ties and fashion, Eli learned how to make bow ties through trial and error, and much practice. He first began producing them in September 2012.  He pushed himself to explore what was available to him in local fabric stores and researched the different types of fabrics that were out there, in order to determine if he could convert his ideas into a brand. Eli states, “I’ve dreamed about the designs I would like to include in my collection before sketching anything or attempting to create one.”   As he dug deeper into developing Elishama Designs, he had the joy of being able to serve as a brand ambassador. This was due to the recognition he obtained for the ties he created and wore.  It was soon after obtaining an abundance of recognition for his unique style, that his clientele began to grow. Elishama Designs has been steadily growing in Boston Massachusetts ever since. Eli continues to push his company even further with hopes of transforming this brand into a high-end retail company.


Here are some of Eli’s most popular pieces.  These are all available on his website, elishamadesigns.com .

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In addition to being an up and coming fashion Icon, Eli is a well-known social media personality.  He is famous for his comedy page “The Truth Hurts”.  This is a comedy page that really pushes the envelope and can even be very controversial at times.  Eli feels inspired to educate others and discuss debatable topics while adding satire to the mix. This approach is used by Eli in order to reach more individuals by giving them something to laugh about.  He also feels compelled and driven to speak his mind through his short comedy skits whether they offend or irritate some. This determination comes from his drive to tell “The Truth”, as he puts it, by any means necessary, hence the name “The Truth Hurts”.  This week we caught up with Eli and got an exclusive interview with the mystery man himself.   Check out the full interview below to learn more about the multidimensional aspects of Eli!


Interview with the Mystery man

Websites: www.facebook.com/EliTheTruth &  elishamadesigns.com

Upcoming Projects: www.gofundme.com/eli-thetruthhurts


Contributor: 931296_3077553634727_1889217627_n (1)Marie is the founder of Sabor Del Caribe Blog. Her mission is to share and educate others about the fullness of the Caribbean’s culture through music, dance, food, fashion etc.  She also aims to keep her readers up to date on current events ranging from: political/economic issues currently faced in the Caribbean as well as social events and parties that are taking place in the  local community & worldwide.  Stay connected:

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International Rueda De Casino Flash Mob 2016!

 

 

Yesterday, April 2nd, people from all around the world celebrated the Rueda De Casino by participating in the International Rueda Flash Mob at 4:00PM (their local time).  This is an annual event where thousands of dancers dance in various cities across Asia, Africa, North and South America, Europe, Australia.

Rueda De Casino:                                                                                                                          

Rueda de Casino was developed in Havana, Cuba in the late 1950s and early 1960s.……     Pairs of dancers form a circle, with dance moves called out by one person, a caller (or ‘líder’ or ‘cantante’ in Spanish). Many moves have hand signs to complement the calls; these are useful in noisy venues, where spoken calls might not be easily heard. Most moves involve the swapping of partners, where the partners move around the circle to the next partner. The combination of elaborate dance combinations and constant movement of partners create a visually spectacular effect.” Source

My Top 3 Video Picks                                                                                                                                  Below I have included some videos from yesterday’s international event, including my favorite flashmob from this year’s International Rueda Flashmob.  It is worth noting that there were thousands upon thousands of people participating in yesterday’s flashmob and this recap is only based on the videos that I came across.

1. DC Casineros Dance Company celebrates International Rueda de Casino Multi Flash Mob day at the GALA Hispanic Theatre in the Columbia Heights neighborhood of Washington, D.C.

This is my most favorite out of the videos I’ve seen this year.  This in my opinion was more than a flash mob.  It was a well choreographed demo of salsa suelta, rueda de casino, some elements of Afro -Cuban & reggaeton. Their flashmob reminded me of something I would see in the streets of Cuba.  DC Casineros really outdid themselves!  Kudos!!!!

2 . International Rueda de Casino multi flashmob 2016 – Ljubljana (Slovenia)

This group made the list because of the enormous rueda they had going.

2. Dance With Style’s Crew: performing FLASHMOB in Central, Hong Kong as part of the global Rueda de Casino Multi Flashmob yesterday

I like this flashmob because of the impromptu aspect of it. They came out of nowhere and just started dancing.  This definitely keeps up with the spirit of what a flashmob is all about.


For more information about the International Rueda Flashmob visit:           facebook.com/Rueda-de-Casino-International-Multi-Flashmob-day-567449123348375/  or flashmob.dileque.si/about.php

   Photo Credits to:

  1. Jaro Hluch (Salsa by Norika): the rueda picture above is actually from their 2014 International flashmob which can be seen here
  2. International Rueda Flashmob. flashmob.dileque.si/about.php

Contributor: 931296_3077553634727_1889217627_n (1)Marie is the founder of Sabor Del Caribe Blog. Her mission is to share and educate others about the fullness of the Caribbean’s culture through music, dance, food, fashion etc.  She also aims to keep her readers up to date on current events ranging from: political/economic issues currently faced in the Caribbean as well as social events and parties that are taking place in the  local community & worldwide.

Sabor’s Blog Spotlight!

Kompa Artistic Dance

 

About

Konpa is a musical genre which was born in Haiti in the 1950’s.  It was created by the famous Haitian Saxophonist Nemours Jean-Baptiste.  It’s Predecessor was the Haitian Méringue.

Konpa the dance is known by most as a social dance from Haiti, however Cliford & Gaelle Jasmin of Kompa Artistic Dance refer to Konpa as the the “ballroom dance” of Haiti. While Kompa Artistic Dance, according to this couple, is described as the traditional “Konpa Lakay” or “Konpa Direct”, enriched with steps from Haitian folklore,  the creativity of Haitian people, musicality and technical elements of other couple dances in order to strengthen this dance format.

Gaelle and Cliford Jasmin has created a pedagogy for Kompa Artistic Dance by structuring and codifying the steps within this dance style.  This enables people from anywhere in the world to learn how to dance Haitian Konpa.  Cliford and Gaelle’s objective is to promote Haitian culture through a new way of dancing Konpa by making it more visual, more artistic, and more attractive.  Below is a video that displays an in depth overview of Kompa Artistic Dance Source

Kompa Artistic Dance Video Overview


Interview Segment

I had the honor of talking to Gaelle & Cliford Jasmin of Kompa Artistic Dance.  They have provided me with an in depth understanding of Kompa Artistic Dance and how they were able to develop this style.  While there has been much talk about them and their style of dancing, I believe that this interview will provide clarification about this style of dancing as well as more insight regarding the Konpa genre altogether.

1. Tell me about yourself.

Cliford and Gaelle JasminWe are a married couple and dance partners, professional dancers specializing in Afro-Caribbean and Latin-American social dances for nearly 20 years, from Paris to Florida. Born and raised in Jacmel, Haiti, Cliford comes from a family of dancers. His passion for Salsa started at a very young age as he was used to watching his mother dance.  As a native of Martinique (french caribbean island), I’ve been fascinated with dance since a very young age. I have training in ballet, modern-jazz and Afro-Caribbean dances. Together, Cliford and I have been asked to perform in various events worldwide because of our authenticity, class and elegance.

Kompa Artistic

2. Tell me about your Brand or Style/Profession:

Cliford and Gaelle Jasmin: SALSABOR FLORIDA is the South-Florida Salsa and Afro-Caribbean Dance School coming from PARIS, also recognized as a high teaching quality school.  In 1997, Cliford Jasmin, founder of SALSABOR, introduced the Salsa Mambo Style on 2 (New-york style – Palladium) to France, and trained most of the recognized french instructors in this dance style. Salsabor was the organizer of the first Salsa congress in France,  The Paris Salsa Congress, from 2000 to 2005.  Salsabor dance company, is the first company of professional Salsa dancers representing France in various International Salsa Congresses and in conjunction with the first latin musical, developed “Salsabor café”  an then “Sals’Amor Fever”, with 20 dancers and 15 musicians.  In addition,  we’ve danced on stage with famous singers such as Oscar D’León (Salsa), Tabou Combo (Konpa), Carimi (Konpa).  We were chosen to train the French national Salsa team who participated in the 2013 World games in Cali.  We are actively promoting with success, the Haitian ballroom dance called Konpa (or Kompa) and  created a method to teach this dance  which is full of sensuality, elegance and authenticity!  SALSABOR is not only  limited to teaching SALSA Mambo On2 classes for all levels (absolute beginner to the professional level) but also offers BACHATA, CHACHACHA, BOLERO, MERENGUE, HAITIAN KOMPA ARTISTIC, MUSICALITY, LADIES & MEN STYLING, BODY MOVEMENT & SPINNING Technique classes.  Our english motto is “Salsabor, Learn to dance well with Elegance and Authenticity!”

3. What inspired your brand /this dance style?

Cliford and Gaelle Jasmin: In 2011, we were invited to perform at Cannes International Salsa Congress and usually, after the shows, there is social dancing. For the first time, the DJ played a Konpa song.  We were so surprised and happy, that we rushed to dance.  People around, were looking at us dancing Konpa, the way we’ve learned from our parents and always danced. But for them, it was a discovery! After the dance, they came to congratulate us for the beautiful dance but they also asked “What was this dance? We love it but what is it?” Then, we felt like the shoemaker’s children who go barefoot. That’s when we decided to do something in order to share our culture through the Konpa dance.

Kompa Artistic

4. Many people say this is not Konpa, how would you respond to these critics?

Cliford and Gaelle Jasmin: The Kompa or Konpa artistic is the authentic Konpa lakay that we have just structured in order to teach it and have enriched it with:  some steps coming from the Haitian folklore, some steps coming from the creativity of the Haitian people, more musicality and the techniques of couple dances.  It’s also important to say that it’s not a new dance and we did not create anything. We did a lot of research to bring back most of the steps that people were used to doing at the beginning of the Konpa era. And we observed how Haitian people were moving naturally when they dance Konpa to codify the basic sway and the basic steps of the Konpa, which is unique!

5. I have seen Konpa spelled with an M and N. I’m assuming that both ways are generally accepted. However, phonetically in the Haitian Creole language, it should be spelled with an N. Why do you spell konpa with an M?

Because, when we were writing the method, and we were doing some searches on the internet, we realized that people were using the word “kompa” much more than “konpa”.  A simple search on Google, even today, returns 4,120,000 results for “kompa”  and 400,000 results for “konpa”.  But, we are using both spellings and we always tell our students that the Creole spelling is with an “n”.

6. Who’s your favorite artist/dancer/role model?

Cliford and Gaelle JasminWe could say that Michael Jackson is an artist whose professionalism is an example for us.  We also love to watch Cliford’s mom, Michaële Craan, dancing, she is such an inspiration!

7. Would you say that the approach you have taken to Konpa is essentially what many other dances have done in order to bring their genre to a broader audience, for example Bachata, salsa etc…?

Cliford and Gaelle JasminExactly! The Salsa, the Bachata, the Kizomba that people are dancing and want to learn, is not the simple Salsa, Bachata or Kizomba that you can find in the places where they come from.  They have been enriched, and even modified when they arrived in the United states or in Europe. We saw and lived through these modifications of the Salsa, the Bachata and the Kizomba.  Konpa the music is 61 years old but Konpa the dance is at least 30 years behind when compared to the Salsa dance, which music is younger than Konpa.  What, we are doing is trying to minimize this delay and recover the lost of time.  But, once again, we don’t want to transform or create a new genre, we want to keep the authenticity of the “Konpa lakay” while giving it an artistic flavor.

8. What influenced the steps you decided to incorporate into your fusion style, do you think there’s enough of the konpa basics within your style to still refer to it as a konpa sub-genre?

Cliford and Gaelle JasminWe don’t think that the Konpa artistic is a fusion style, because 90% of what we are doing are original Konpa movements or movements that come from Haitian folklore, or Meringue (which was the Haitian dance before Konpa). The actual problem is that people know very little about the history of the Haitian social dances, including the Konpa.

9. Do you have any current projects that you are working on?

Cliford and Gaelle JasminYes, we have different projects regarding the promotion of the Konpa dance: videos, teaching/trainings, events… Stay tuned on: Facebook -> Haiti Kompa Dance & Kompa Artistic Dance; How to dance Kompa on Youtube and our Kompa Artistic Dance Website. www.kompaartisticdance.com


Kompa Artistic Dance – Video Lessons

A Complete Play List of lessons:

Below is the link to the complete playlist of the Kompa Artistic Dance tutorials. Some of the steps you’ll learn are as follows: The unique Sway and Basic step of Haitian Kompa dance, Basic Step – Pas de base – Pa de baz, Right & left turn – Vire a dwat ak goch – Tour a droite et a gauche, Break down trankil – Slow Break down – Break down lent, Dodo Mea, Rale Menen Vini (couple), Laloz (solo), Lanmou Bene, Pis lan chô (solo), Yayad (solo & duo) & An nou trase!


Contributor: 931296_3077553634727_1889217627_n (1)Marie is the founder of Sabor Del Caribe Blog. Her mission is to share and educate others about the fullness of the Caribbean’s culture through music, dance, food, fashion etc.  She also aims to keep her readers up to date on current events ranging from: political/economic issues currently faced in the Caribbean as well as social events and parties that are taking place in the  local community & worldwide.

Who Did It Better?

“Marie Jocelyne”

Marie Jocelyne, was a song written and performed by renown Haitian artist Coupé Cloué, also known as Jean Gesner Henry. Coupé Cloué has not only helped form Haitian music but has influenced various music genres worldwide. Below, I have included the original song by Coupé Cloué as well as the remake of the song by 5Lan, a current and popular Haitian group.

Coupe Cloue

Coupé Cloué: “Jean Gesner Henry (May 10, 1925 – January 29, 1998), popularly known as Coupé Cloué, was a Haïtian footballer, singer, guitarist, and bandleader. He was known for defining a style of Haitian compas music he called kompa mamba, and for the sometimes bawdy innuendo used in his songs. During his career, he was one of Haïti’s most prominent musicians, and found much success in West Africa as well.” Source


Marie Jocelyne: original vs. remake

BEFORE:

Coupé Cloué – Marie Jocelyne

 

AFTER:
5Lan – Danse Coupe (Hommage a coupe Cloue)

BAND: 5Lan  SONG: Danse Coupe Adaptation Coupe Cloue “Marie Jocelyne” COMPOSITOR: Assade Francoeur LEAD VOCAL: Handy Jocirin

 


So, who did it better? 

While I enjoy the remake of this song, I just can’t part from the original song.  The original “Marie Jocelyne” has a certain “je ne sais quoi” about it that 5Lan was just not able to deliver.  This is perhaps due to their inability to capture the raw and organic sound that old school music like that of Coupé Cloué has or their overload on the computerized beats and lack of actual acoustics/rhythms.  Sometimes less is more and while I think this is a great remake, the original does it more for me!

Sound-off below and let me know what your opinion is about the original vs the remake.


Contributor: 931296_3077553634727_1889217627_n (1)Marie is the founder of Sabor Del Caribe Blog. Her mission is to share and educate others about the fullness of the Caribbean’s culture through music, dance, food, fashion etc.  She also aims to keep her readers up to date on current events ranging from: political/economic issues currently faced in the Caribbean as well as social events and parties that are taking place in the  local community & worldwide.

Video Pick of The Week!

Hello by Adele in Haitian Creole

by Saskya Sky feat Guy Michel on Chelo 

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About Saskya Sky

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“Saskya was born and raised in Haiti. Her family migrated to the United States in 2003. Upon arriving she began to explore music as a way to help with her English. Her love for Michael Jackson & Celene Dion assisted her with english and singing. It is Saskya’s hope that her music will provide a new means for her to give back to her native country Haiti.

Saskya has plans to perform on bigger stages and grab a Grammy on the journey. She believes that, with God on her side, anything is possible for her to achieve and make her dreams come true. ‘I just want the world to know who I am and that Haitian’s are strong and talented people’.” Source


 

Contributor: 931296_3077553634727_1889217627_n (1)Marie is the founder of Sabor Del Caribe Blog. Her mission is to share and educate others about the fullness of the Caribbean’s culture through music, dance, food, fashion etc.  She also aims to keep her readers up to date on current events ranging from: political/economic issues currently faced in the Caribbean as well as social events and parties that are taking place in the  local community & worldwide.

 

 

Video Pick of The Week!

Monte Piwo

This week’s Video pick is Monte Piwo by TPO aka Piero Al-khal,  a Haitian American  artist born in Queens, New York.  The song “Monte Piwo”, means to “Rise Higher” or “Go Higher”.  The skit in the video portrays a Dominican father who rejects his daughter’s relationship simply because her boyfriend is Haitian.  The dad seems to have a change of heart when he notices that the boyfriend is well off and doesn’t fit his stereotype.   However, his acceptance seems to be too late…

TPO’s new album Viv Ayiti is now  available in stores and on Itunes!


About TPO

“TPO (Piero Al-khal) was born in Queens, New York. His passion for music has grown strong since he began Venturing into The world of music, beat making and Producing, TPO cultivated his natural talent and skill.  As a child, TPO was Inspired by a long line of TPOFamily musicians.

Father/impresario Pierrot  Al-khal saw such great potential in his Son that he wasted no time on promoting and working on as TPO’s manager.

TPO still has many years of education ahead – both in school and in life. TPO was not discouraged. His genuine love of music and entertainment led him to start producing and writing for himself as a…. artist. TPO’s gift of music also allowed him to teach himself how to play the piano. TPO made the responsible decision to continue his schooling, and attend College.  He is a Student and has been International Consultant at the Michelli Inc. Miami Florida since 2008. Studying at MIA in Cognitive Business and Mathematics, his involvement in  Michelli, Inc. both empowered him and taught him the true meaning of self-discipline. The sum of his experiences made TPO a more marketable artist. Through his time at College, TPO will never give up on his dreams of one day becoming a renowned musical talent. In fact, the knowledge he gained made him not only a musician, but also a businessman with a plan and control over his career.” Text Source


Contributor: 931296_3077553634727_1889217627_n (1)Marie is the founder of Sabor Del Caribe Blog. Her mission is to share and educate others about the fullness of the Caribbean’s culture through music, dance, food, fashion etc.  She also aims to keep her readers up to date on current events ranging from: political/economic issues currently faced in the Caribbean as well as social events and parties that are taking place in the  local community & worldwide.

Aventuras Con Sabor!

Obini Bata

Obini_Bata“Obini Bata is the first all female folkloric drumming ensemble in Cuba. Obini is the Yoruban word for Woman.  Bata drumming is the oldest drum tradition of Cuba. Obini Bata was formed in 1993 by Director Eva Despaigne and other female members of the Conjunto Folklorico Nacional de Cuba.  In Cuba the Bata are traditionally played only by men, but Obini Bata have challenged the taboo by becoming the first all-female bata drumming ensemble in Cuba.In addition to playing Bata, all members of the group play a variety of Cuban drums and percussion, as well as singing and dancing. To create a complete performance, encompassing all aspects of the ancient tradition they represent.” Text source  (photo Source)


A couple of years ago I visited Cuba with Metamovements and participated in an educational exchange with Obini Bata! Below are a couple of videos of my visit with the group. To learn more about their legal travel program visit their website www.voyagegtocuba.com , and mention that I sent you!

Oshun by Obini Bata

About Oshun: “Oshun (also spelled Ochún, Oṣun or Oxum) is the youngest of the orishas and probably the most popular in Santeria… She is the orisha of love, beauty, femininity and sensuality which leads many people to compare her to Venus or Aphrodite. Such a comparison is short-sighted, however, for Oshun is vast and powerful; she is actually the full breadth of womanhood. From the young, enthusiastic coquette that flirts with boys to the old matriarch that sits in a rocking chair, hard-of-hearing, reminiscing of her youth, Oshun contains every woman’s story within her patakis. She makes her residence in the rivers of the world. Hers is the power of sweetness in life, and all of the things that make life worth living.” Text Source


Oya by Obini Bata

About Oya: “Oyá (also Ollá, Yansa or Yansán) is a fierce and powerful female warrior orisha in Santeria. She is the owner of the marketplace, and keeps the gates of the cemetery. She is the force of change in nature and in life. She wields lightning and rides the winds into battle, often fighting with her machetes side-by-side with her favorite lover, Changó. Oyá raises the armies of the dead as her soldiers and is said to use the tornado as her weapon. Oyá’s aché is fierce, tumultuous, changing and protective” Text Source


 

Contributor: 931296_3077553634727_1889217627_n (1)Marie is the founder of Sabor Del Caribe Blog. Her mission is to share and educate others about the fullness of the Caribbean’s culture through music, dance, food, fashion etc.  She also aims to keep her readers up to date on current events ranging from: political/economic issues currently faced in the Caribbean as well as social events and parties that are taking place in the  local community & worldwide.

Entertainment NEWS

Mickael Guirand Quits Carimi for Personal Reasons!

According to Kompa Magazine Mickael Guirand of Carimi has allegedly quit the band for personal reasons.

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“Hey Pat,  

Effective immediately…. For personal reasons i’m gonna step away from the stage as carimi main singer… This is not really something i wish to go into details with the fans and the media right now, it’s imperative that I get some time off now…  Management is aware and will probably follow w a statement that clarifies the direction of the band moving foward…
Our loyal fans might be disappointed but this was not an easy decision specially when I have been reliable for the pass 14 years. I hope you guys understand the sacrifice that comes w being a musician specially in the haitian music industry..

Hope to see you guys soon…

Gob Bless
Mickael Guirand

PS: Sorry bro to drop it on you like that.. its been a pleasure…” Text source , Photo Source

According to Ayitibiyografi this decision may not be final. “My source also revealed that this decision may be in fact a personal one for Mike. I was told that the singer never got over some of the family issues that he’s had in the past because of his commitment to Carimi.” Text Source


Statement from Carimi’s Manager

According to Ayitibiography,  Carimi’s Manager, Fito Farinen, made the following statement in response to Mickael Guirand’s decision to leave the band: “I know that many of our fans and friends might be concerned about Carimi, right now but our focus is on supporting Mickael and his decision to take a break for now.  We understand that Mickael needs a break and as a family we are here to support him. Nothing is indefinite and nothing is final right now. As a team we are taking a moment to regroup and as far as our fans are concerned we will be coming out with more details soon.  Thank you for the love you show us, and we ask that you continue to support us.”

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Photo Source


The Real Reason

According to hatianbeatz.com the real reason behind Mickael’s departure is due to his recent divorce and his replacement will be Mikaben.

“In Carimi’s 14 years of existence both Richard Cave and Carlo Vieux have missed a few gigs with the band, the same cannot be said about Mickael Guirand, he has yet to miss a gig since his debut with the band 14 years. This streak is about to come to an end, as Mickael Guirand announced on Kompamagazine this morning that he was leaving Carimi and the music scene for the moment. Personal reason is cited as the main cause for this sudden decision.

For the past few years, Mickael Guirand has been going through a very tough divorce, that according to many who is close to the singer coupled with a few other personal issues within the band, have taken a big toll on him personally. Mickael is a very private person, and barely share his misery with anyone, including his fellow partners, both Richard and Carlo. As a matter of fact, Mickael and Carlo have not been in speaking terms form months now. His closest friend in the band is the manager Fito, whom he spent many hours on the phone with yesterday before making a public statement this morning. Fito tried his best to convince Mickael to postpone this decision and that the band is willing to do anything to be on his side and help him go through this crisis. But it seems that Mickael’s decision was already written in stone. Early this moment he sent a note to Kompamagazine that stunned the whole HMI…” Effective immediately…. For personal reasons I’m gonna step away from the stage as Carimi” main singer”, he wrote, “This is not really something I wish to go into details with the fans and the media right now, it’s imperative that I get some time off now” explained Mickael.

Mickael urged Fito to make the announcement for him, but Fito refused to do so “he knows that I will never agree to do that” stated Fito, “however, the whole band is with Mickael and will support him on his decision, and will support him in whatever he wishes us to do during this difficult moment” continued Fito.

Even though this decision may have been a surprised for the HMI world, it was not for people who are close to the band. The band has been expecting such announcement, even though they did not know how soon, but they knew it was coming. The band even had put together a plan B scenario just in case. According to our sources, Mika Ben, will immediately become the front man of the band, on a temporary basis, just in case, Mickael decides to come back. Mickael Guirand will remain part owner of the band, and will get paid accordingly, the same source told HB. Mika Ben will make his first appearance with the band when they perform at Rutgers University later this week. He will make his first appearance in New York with the band, at Haitianbeatz’ 7th Anniversary party on December 12th in Lynbrook Long Island.

Mickael Guirand is one of the most devoted member of Carimi, he controls all of Carimi’s social media, and has done a fantastic job in doing so. The band will miss a big piece of the puzzle that makes Carimi what it is today. The “Mi” in CaRiMi represents more than two letters, he’s one of the backbone of the band. Very passionate, and willing to throw a few punch when he feels that his band has been wrongfully targeted, either by promoters, the media or anyone else. He’s very respectful to his fans or his audience, a man of his words, never late for an event, always give his 100% where there are 100 people or 1000 people in attendance. Mickael Guirand deserves to take some time off if he wishes to, he has earned this extended vacation. We should all rally behind him and hope that one day he will come back to entertain us once again.

To be continued…

Makak”  Text source

 

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