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November 2015

Sabor’s Review: “Cuba Vibra!”

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Lizt Alfonso Dance Cuba Havana, Cuba Vibra
“It’s a hot Havana night when Lizt Alfonso Dance Cuba brings the heat in an irresistible fusion of ballet, flamenco, cha-cha, rumba, conga, bolero and salsa. With superior synchronicity, 18 dancers fill the stage with flavorful finesse as they seamlessly dance in lockstep to the Afro-Cuban beats and vocal virtuosity of an on-stage big band. Celebrating Cuban music and dance from the ’50s to today, boisterous Latin rhythms electrify the air in CUBA VIBRA!”


Sabor’s Review:

A couple of weeks ago I got the chance to see “Cuba Vibra” at the Victory Theatre!  This performance allows you to travel in time from the 1950’s until the present day through dance and music.  “Cuba Vibra!” incorporates aspects of authentic Cuban music and dance such as cha-cha, rumba, conga etc… while fusing it with other influences such as flamenco and ballet, and certain American influences such as an African-American Dance, “The Stick Dance”.

Having gone to Cuba and being much in tune with the Cuban culture and arts, I was really looking forward to this show but also had very high expectations. My overall impression of the show was that Lizt Alfonso Dance Cuba Havana is amazing and has very talented dancers!  However, I was somewhat disappointed with the overall show because I thought that certain aspects were watered down, specifically pieces that were meant to represent Afro-Cuban music and dance such as the orisha piece.

Although I know that this performance and dance company is heavily based on fusion, I felt like the performance was altered to attract a broader audience and as a result certain aspects of its authenticity were compromised.  Nevertheless, It was a great show with great dancers/performers who wore beautiful costumes; I would definitely recommend it! My  overall rating of the show is 4.5 out 5.

Numerical ReviewOverall show 4.5

(Performance/Performers 4.8, Costumes 4.8, Ticket Prices 4.1, Authenticity 4.1) = 4.5/5


Show Info:

“Cuba Vibra” is  Now showing at the Victory Theatre Nov. 13th – Nov. 29th (Saturdays & Sundays, 2 shows each day). The following link has the full schedule and ticket info! http://www.newvictory.org/Show-Detail?ProductionId=6788

Get to know BALLET LIZT ALFONSO DANCE CUBA before coming to see them onstage!http://bit.ly/1Ozkafy


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.

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Sabor’s Blog Spotlight!

MECCA AKA Grimo

It is such an honor to present today’s blog spotlight which features an exclusive interview with renown  Haitian American artist and activist Mecca Marcelin, AKA Grimo!  Mecca is a multitalented individual who has excelled in rapping, acting, poetry and much more.  He is someone who truly cares about his community as a whole and takes pride in being active through educating the youth and creating outlets for others to thrive in.  Check out his full biography below, along with a detailed interview with the man himself, as well as a picture gallery and video collective on Mecca’s work.  The video collective includes footage from some of his previous accomplishments and new projects.


Biography

“Mecca emerged from a generation of Baby Boomers with music already imprinted in his bloodline. His 5 Uncles were musicians and his great uncle Félix Morisseau-LeRoy was a renown Poet who broke the language barrier when he started writing and reciting poetry and

150581_10150135018216102_455141_nplays in Haitian Creole.  Mecca followed the footsteps of his family lineage when he engulfed himself in several genres of music at a young age but none would be more influential than the culture of Hip-Hop. Beats and Rhymes became the ingredients that Mecca started to experiment with. As he grew older his Love for music and song writing became evident. He was added to ‘Wyclef Jean’s’ ‘Sak Pase’ Label Brand and triumphed in the Hip-Hop Kreyol Movement. In the process of networking and listening to productions from different producers, he was introduced to different genres of music. The challenge was welcomed and Mecca continued to broaden his musical experience. Mecca testifies that music crosses language barriers and diversity allows an artist to soar into an array of creative dimensions. He writes, records and performs in Creole and English and is also an actor.

Mecca has appeared and has been featured in full length, shorts, documentaries and TV shows. His latest work can be seen on episodes of ‘Burn Notice’, ‘The Glades’, ‘South Beach Tow’ and a short film titled ‘And I On The Opposite Shore’ which has just won Best Short at the Harlem Film Festival 2013. He is currently the lead host for ‘In The Mix Tv’ which premiered Nationally in the fall of 2014 on WSFLtv. His non-profit organization ‘Children’s Hope Chest of Dreams’ d/b/a ‘FePouLi’ has created avenues for children to express themselves by creating a platform to educate through the arts. Music has been that avenue for Mecca so it’s only right to give back to what has enriched his life.

Mecca continues to write, record and perform in Creole and English and is currently writing his first publication ‘Haiti was Born in Me’. “


Interview Segment With Mecca

 

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1.Tell me about your business/Brand/Profession

MECCAakaGRIMO: Since a young age I’ve always wanted to entertain but I later realized that in the process of entertaining, artist hold a high responsibility to bring what’s dark to the light. My brand focuses on finding undiscovered pieces of information about culture and making it known.  Mecca aka Grimo is the brand while (Haiti was Born in Me, LLC) is the business.  I’m a certified teacher who takes pride and is very passionate about Music, History, Language and the Arts. So, I utilize entertainment as a platform to promote education.

We have a non profit 501c3 organization named (Children’s Hope Chest of Dreams, Inc) d/b/a (www.FePouLi.org) in the Haitian Community. Our mission is to cater to underprivileged youth that lack guidance, culture and resources that are needed to excel in life. Most of our hands on sessions are aimed at creating an atmosphere of Cultural awareness and positive platform to continue to build self-esteem and pride in the youth.

2.What inspired your business/ Brand/ Profession?

MECCAakaGRIMO: I’ve been producing music for a long time but it wasn’t until I went to Haiti in 2006 that I saw the need to create some type of awareness of the situation in Haiti.  It hurt my heart to see young kids that knew my music barefoot and hungry.  The notoriety didn’t matter anymore.  I felt the need to embrace education because it was the only way I could make a difference along with my music.  So we established a foundation and started creating workshops for the youth and realized that self-love, self-esteem and pride were main ingredients in motivating them to do better for themselves and their families

3.Who’s your favorite artist / role model? 

MECCAakaGRIMO: I don’t just have one favorite artist. I feel the frequency from a couple of different artists and they all have helped to drive my passion for music onto another level. Off the top of my head I want to shout-out all the Hip-Hop Pioneers from the 80’s and 90’s that made a dent and really had something to say to us when no one else cared. They educated us on Politics, Health, How to eat, Drugs, Violence in our community, Self Destruction, Police Brutality, ect…. I want to thank Wyclef Jean for giving me the opportunity to shine my light while working with the Sak Pasé Records Movement, Dj Khaled for his work ethics. That dude doesn’t stop grinding. I salute the Hip-Hop artist that are relevant today keeping Hip-Hop alive, Kanye, Kendrick Lamar, J-Cole, Drake, Jadakiss. Some Haitian artist out in Haiti such as Belo, Mandela, Phyllisia Ross, RockFam, Fantom, Barikad Crew, Izolan, Duggtherqst, 35_Zile, Wood Terrib & Will beat, so many to mention that have real talent.

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

MECCAakaGRIMO: I’m always working on something. Currently I’m working with @DjEpps, Grimass, Stichiz & Longtime Producer @magnificentbeats on a project called @WeDemZoes. Our first single “Test of Strength” will be out before the end of the year along with the video. I’m writing a book of Poems called “Haiti was Born in ME” which will be out, May 2016. Just recently a documentary that I was a part of premiered on @RevoltTv. It’s called #ComingHomeHaiti. We took a trip to Haiti to discover from the artist out there the origin of Hip-Hop in Haiti. What we found was Monumental. #ComingHomeHaiti is still being shown on Revolt Tv through out the month of November. Check listings in your area for accurate Showtimes.

Latest Single “Pa Gen Pwoblem

#‎NewMusicAlert‬🔵🌴🔴 Dj Epps Presents We Dem Zoes “Pa Gen Pwoblem” featuring 2nyce on ‪#‎SoundCloud‬ @WeDemZoes @DjEpps @Grimass @MECCAakaGRIMO @Stichiz @2NyceLive produced by @magnificentbeats @TeamEpps ‪#‎Dominican‬‪#‎Haitian‬‪#‎DominHaitian‬‪#‎OneLand‬‪#‎OneLove‬‪#‎OneBlood‬‪#‎OneGod‬‪#‎DivideAndConquer‬‪#‎LakaySeLakay‬‪#‎JusticeOrElse‬

5. How do you feel about the immigration issues going on in The D.R. as it relates to Haitians?

MECCAakaGRIMO: Any injustice to my Haitian people is an injustice to the world. Ignorance is alive and thriving. I can’t believe this is happening in 2015. Im definitely not feeling the situation my people are in. I could cry out for assistance on all 4 corners of the world but the bottom line is we have to be able to do for self; control our economy, control our fate but we are helpless in the hands of the oppressor. On this end we protest, we march but people are still being mistreated, killed and kicked out of their homes. I feel helpless because I know that what I’m doing isn’t enough but if your not part of the solution your part of the problem. The devil wants this situation to turn into a Dominican Republic vs Haiti war. When the reality of it is, not every Dominican person feels the way the Dominican Government is showing us they feel. One Country, One Land, One God, but divided by racism. The same racism that exist in the states and around the world. We have to start to promote more love with each other cause were definitely not getting it in the struggle.

6. What’s the one advice you would give to the youth?

MECCAakaGRIMO: Be yourself, be original and don’t fall victim to peer pressure. If something doesn’t feel right and you know it’s not right, go with your gut feelings. Take life by the horns and show no regret for trying new things. Expand your wings and fly high. Enjoy your youth and treat people as you would want to be treated. Peace and Prosperity!


 

A Video Collective on Mecca

The video collective includes footage from some of his previous accomplishments as well as his new projects.

Mecca’s Info: www.twitter.com/MECCAakaGRIMO

www.facebook.com/MECCAakaGRIMO

www.instagram.com/MECCAakaGRIMO


 

Photo Gallery

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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!

Cubamemucho 2006

Our video pick of the week features A-list artists social dancing a potpourri of Cuban dance styles infused with some urban influences at the Cubamemucho Salsa congress held in Madrid in 2006. These are some of the top dancers and instructors in Europe who represent and disseminate knowledge about the Cuban culture through music and dance. Some of those featured are Seo Fernandez and Alessia Cornacchia (Latin Black),Yunaisy Farray, Alberto Valdez and many more. . ‪#‎cubamemucho‬‪#‎blastfromthepast‬ ‪#‎latinblack‬ ‪#‎sabordelcaribe‬ ‪#‎sabordelcaribeblog‬ ‪#‎casino‬‪#‎ruedadecasino‬ ‪#‎rumba‬ ‪#‎cubanrumba‬


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.

This Week’s Events!

Favela Tuesdays’ Hosted by Salsondria Featuring live Cuban music! Here’s the link to the event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/132560233745281/

Favela


Yesssss!!!! It’s all about Toque Thursday’s this week in Brooklyn at BembeDJ David Medina will be on the 1s and 2s, be sure to check it out! Here’s the link to the event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/747259458729964/

Toque Thursday's at Bembe in Brooklyn!
Toque Thursday’s at Bembe in Brooklyn!

Sekou and SMc Dance Presents:

afro latin sekou

AFRO LATIN JAZZ & SOUL EXPERIENCE: Special One Day Intensive FUNDRAISER and Audition!!
SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 15th 2pm to 5PM
Location: Pearl Studios 500 8th Ave New York, NY
$25 per session or discounted price of $65 for all 3 sessions!
LIMITED SPACE – RESERVE YOUR SPOT NOW!!
at: http://sekoumcmiller.com/workshops.html

https://www.facebook.com/events/1623291711264682/


“Las Chicas Locas” party: located at Dancesport, 22 West 34th Street (between 5th and 6th) now EVERY Sunday!!!!! 5pm to 9pm Bachata Music by DJ Matatan and DJ Alejandro (Bachata Happy Hour for Drinks at the Bar!) 9pm to Close! The BEST Salsa and Chacha by DJ Alejandro. The Kizomba room is open the 1st, 3rd & 5th Sunday of the month with a Free introductory lesson at 7:30 PM === $7 before 5:15 PM, $12 after (except special events) === Check out the event page for more details: https://www.facebook.com/events/291041891060332/

las Chicas locas Every Sunday at Dance Sport!

Sabor’s Video Playlist

Cubamemucho 2006

This is an awesome video which features A-list artists social dancing a potpourri of Cuban dance styles infused with some urban influences at the Cubamemucho Salsa congress held in Madrid in 2006. These are some of the top dancers and instructors in Europe who represent and disseminate knowledge about the Cuban culture through music and dance. Some of those featured are Seo Fernandez and Alessia Cornacchia (Latin Black),Yunaisy Farray, Alberto Valdez and many more. . ‪#‎cubamemucho‬‪#‎blastfromthepast‬ ‪#‎latinblack‬ ‪#‎sabordelcaribe‬ ‪#‎sabordelcaribeblog‬ ‪#‎casino‬‪#‎ruedadecasino‬ ‪#‎rumba‬ ‪#‎cubanrumba‬


Yanek & Diana on Bailar Casino

This video is an oldie but goodie and features Cuban Dancers Yanek & Diana from the TV show “Bailar Casino”. Bailar Casino was a Cuban TV show that aired between 2004 and 2006 which featured Rueda de casino teams from all over Cuba who competed for the national championship title!
Video credit to Bailar Casino TV show.


Kompa Video Mix November 2014 with Fidel, Jbeatz, NuLook, Klass, Daan Junior, T Vice, 5Etwal 

courtesy of masterdem


KREYOL LA official videos: BEFORE & AFTER and TRIYE (2 songs)

There are two different topics highlighted in this video.  Part 1 talks about the “Before and after” of a relationship, by highlighting the honeymoon stage and then depicting the later stages of a  relationship.  Part 2 highlights the challenges of choosing the right mate as a single person (i.e “the good ones are always taken” dilemma) as well as the importance of searching until you find that right and available match.

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