The Historic Ali Cultural Arts in Pompano Beach is proud to host a spectacular celebration of the island nation’s cultural influences with a free event, Haiti: The Strength of a Nation – A Reminder of its Contributions to the World. This exciting afternoon will feature performances by Sassy Singz, We Dem Zoes, Self_Made, dancer Claudel Theagene with The Roots, along with other surprises. The event will be hosted by Regine Bell, Mrs. Little Haiti Plus America 2018, Queen.
“We are thrilled to be celebrating Haitian Heritage Month with a dazzling display of music, poetry, dance, art, fashion and food,” said Cherolyn Davis, director of programming and facilities. “This event will be an inspiring celebration of all of the dynamic and eclectic contributions of Haitian culture on the global community.”
DJ Epps’ We Dem Zoes and Sassy Singz Headline
Sassy Singz is an award-winning Miami-based singer/songwriter, whose powerhouse vocals have made her a sought after international performer who has opened for celebrities including Marsha Ambrosius, Bobby V., Elle Varner, Kindred Family Soul, and Trina. Sassy is also the producer and host of theMidnight Soul on The Grind 100.3FM.
We Dem Zoes was founded by the famed DJ Epps, the Haitian-American head spinner who is featured on Miami’s 103.5 The Beat and has worked with such performers at 50 Cent, Flo Rida and Pitbull. Seeing a missing niche in the Haitian American hip hop sound, Epps created We Dem Zoes as a collaboration with several emcees; Stichiz, Mecca aka Grimo, Grimass and a producer, The Magnificent Beats.
The trio began back in 2012 when two friends, Snapback, 25, and Young E., 19, both Haitian natives became emerged in the underground rap world. After leaving the tough streets of Haiti’s slum life when they were younger, for a new start in South Florida, the pair realized they had another common bond: Hip-Hop Music. They developed rap styles, while different, that complemented each other and produced just the right mix of playboy and bad boy style. Then enters Melody, a 25-year-old singer also from humble beginnings, who brings mesmerizing R&B hooks with a splash of lover boy swag of his own to round out the group’s amazingly fresh South Florida sound.
More info at: www.aliarts.org
The Historic Ali Cultural Arts, a performing arts and cultural venue, is located in the former home of the late Frank and Florence Major Ali, who had emigrated from Cuba and The Bahamas respectively. As the first African American business owners in Pompano Beach, Frank operated a barbershop and Florence, who was a skilled seamstress, cosmetologist and fashion designer, also operated her business in the building. This two-story property was built in 1933 and placed on the City of Pompano Beach Historical Register in 2016.
The City of Pompano Beach, Pompano Beach Community Redevelopment Agency and the Rock Road Restoration Historical Group preserve the northwest corridor history and culture by telling positive stories of the African American experience through performing arts, visual arts and intellectual work that educates and celebrates all people of color throughout history.
A Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) is a dependent district established by City government for the purpose of carrying out redevelopment activities that include reducing or eliminating blight, improving the economic health of an area, and encouraging public and private investments in a CRA district. The CRA is governed by State Statutes, Chapter 163, Part III. The Pompano Beach Community Redevelopment Agency is funded through Tax Increment Financing (TIF). The funds are collected as property values increase and a portion of that increase is captured by the Agency. TIF raises revenue for redevelopment efforts without raising taxes.
Date(s) - 05/19/2018
12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Ali Cultural Arts Center