The man has led a thousand lives and survived them all. Now 60 years old, Manno Charlemagne has been a singer-songwriter, political activist, and mayor of Port-au-Prince. Throughout the '80s and '90s, Haitian authorities incessantly harassed him for being a popular advocate of political change. He received death threats. He was abducted, jailed, and psychologically tortured by the national palace. Twice he was forced into exile from Haiti first by dictator Baby Doc Duvalier in 1980 and then by Raoul Cédras's military junta from 1991 to 1994. And twice he returned.
Today, a decade after his short stint as mayor of Haiti's capital, Charlemagne lives in South Florida, where he has resumed his life as a twoubadou. Every Thursday at 8:30 p.m., the man and his band bring political chanson to Tap Tap as part of Monsieur Charlemagne's longtime residency at the Haitian landmark. And in honor of democratic ideals, there's never a cover charge.
Thu., Sept. 1, 8:30 p.m., 2011