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Get A Feel For Haiti!

Members of the Baltimore RaRa Orchestra from left: Dr. Gerald Rameau, Jake Freeman and Garry Bien Aime. Credit: Ashley Michel

The tiny island country of Haiti has suffered - and survived - many hardships: Earthquakes, hurricanes, political chaos. But the tight-knit Haitian community in Baltimore reflects a resilient spirit, eager to share its culture. Komité Ayiti’s ‘Haitian Caribbean Community Day’ on Sunday will feature food, performance, and handmade products. Garry Bien-Aime,  Komite Ayiti’s founder and president, previews the festival and reflects on what music means to Haitians.

Links: Komité Ayiti, Haitian Caribbean Community Day event.

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