Female musicians to celebrate Haiti Flag Day • Caribbean Life


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Riva Nyri Precil has been exposed to an ecclectic swath of genres with deep roots in Haitian traditional music.

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An evening of Haitian culture and pride, starting at 8 pm, will take place May 20 at SOBs in Manhattan to commemorate the 215th anniversary of Haiti’s flag, the symbol of the first free Black Republic in the Western Hemisphere.

The first purely Haitian flag was adopted May 18, 1803, on the last day of the Congress of Archaie. It was one-half year before independence was declared — Jan. 1, 1804.

Haitian lore holds that the flag was created by the revolutionary leader Jean Jacques Dessalines, who took France’s tricolor flag and ripped out and discarded the white center, asking his god…

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