Crimson tides washed over Haitian shores and flowed through burning cane fields, stolen cannons rang out black-powder vengeance, and the drums of war beat freedom songs across the mountaintops. The hard-fought slave rebellion that overthrew the French and won Haiti her independence January 1, 1804, is the story of the first free black republic in the world.
Legendary Haitian artist Farah Juste has been celebrating it in Miami for the past 22 years, but this Friday, shell have something special. Her powerful voice will continue the tradition with a cavalcade of singers, dancers, actors and musicians backing her up. We look forward to filling up the Arsht Center, she says. Everybody from kids to grandparents of all creeds and classes will be here. It's important for the Haitian children who are born here to know the stories of what we did, for them to learn exactly what we went through. Tickets cost $20 to $30. The performance begins at 7:30 p.m.
Fri., Jan. 1, 7:30 p.m., 2010