Kanaval: Breaking the Thermometer to Hide the Fever

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


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.