Kanaval: Breaking the Thermometer to Hide the Fever

10 - 11 Dec 2021
FringeArts, 140 North Christopher Columbus Boulevard, Philadelphia, PA, 19106

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Musician Leyla McCalla. Photo by Rush Jagoe.

Breaking the Thermometer to Hide the Fever explores the legacy of Jean Dominique—owner of Radio Haiti-Inter, the first privately owned, Creole-speaking radio station in Haiti—who was assassinated in 2000. As part of WXPN's Kanaval: Haitian Rhythms and the Music of New Orleans, Haitian American singer-songwriter Leyla McCalla combines storytelling, dance, video, and audio samples in a multidisciplinary performance set to new music.

Kanaval examines the Haitian influences on New Orleans' music, culture, and community to contextualize Haiti as a historically important nation through its considerable artistic and musical traditions.