Saturday morning when I landed in Haiti for my very first Kanaval experience, I posted pictures and videos on my instagram page to share the experience with all my fellow Haitian Americans who couldn’t make it to Haiti for the annual event. As I drove into Pétionville, a suburb of Port-au-Prince to meet with Haitian television host and Plezikanaval owner Carel Pedre, everything from the traffic to the restaurants were packed as locals and tourist prepare for a beautiful Valentines night with their loved ones and prepare for three nights of Kanaval festivities.
Like any other Carnival spelled Kanaval in creole, safety is always a concern, but as I pulled up to the city of Champ des Mars on Sunday night to make my way to Carel’s Plezikanaval stand which was covering all the ins and outs of the the three day event, hundreds of armed police officers, security and emergency rescue teams standing throughout the ares definitely made me feel secure and ready to partake in all the excitement of Kanaval.
Anyone who know me personally know I am a huge Tupac Shakur fan. I was introduced to Tupac’s music when I moved from Turks and Caicos to American in 1994. Tupac is and forever will be my favorite artist.
If you’re a Tupac fan you know he was angry and pointed a lot of fingers at different people following his 1994 shooting in New York City’s Quad Studios. Shakur penned a track titled “Against All Odds”, where he name-drops several of his adversaries including Nas, Mobb Deep, Jimmy Henchman, and Haitian Jack, real name Jacques Agnant.
21 years after the fatal shooting in New York, Haitian Jack decided to speak about the shooting and insinuated Jimmy Henchman’s involvement.
I just thought this was the cutest things ever. I am such a fan of Carel Pedre and all the work he is doing with the PleziKanaval site.
Watch this adorable pilot of Plezikanaval Timoun pilot episode with Haitian cuties Ti Joe and Zenny with Haitian artist and President Martelly’s son Olivier Martelly.
T-Micky – Yo Poko Nan Jwèt Manman