Yannick Noah, Emeline Michel, BélO, and Mino Cinelu to Perform in NY for Haiti Fund-Raising

Haiti Benefit Concert at FIAF on March 15 at 8pm

French superstar Yannick Noah, internationally acclaimed Haitian vocalist Emeline Michel, up-and-coming Haitian singer-songwriter BélO and French multi-instrumentalist and singer Mino Cinelu will share a NYC stage on March 15 for a unique benefit-concert forHaiti during the month of la Francophonie.

Organized by the Cultural Services of the French Embassy and by FIAF (French Institute Alliance Française), the concert will raise funds for the reconstruction of the Ciné Institute in Jacmel, a small city south of Port-au-Prince, and for the French Heritage Language Program to help educate young Haitian refugees in Miami and New York.


Benefit Concert for Haiti

Featuring Yannick Noah, Emeline Michel,

BélO, Mino Cinelu and special surprise guests


Monday March 15, 2010, at 8pm


FIAF – French Institute Alliance Française

Florence Gould Hall

55 East 59th Street (between Park and Madison)


www.fiaf.org 212 355 6160 (Info only)


$50-$150 – Additional donations welcome

Proceeds go toward Haitian causes

www.ticketmaster.com 212 307 4100

This benefit-concert was made possible with the generous support of Credit Agricole Corporate & Investment Bank.

Yannick Noah is one of France’s most beloved celebrities, a tennis champion turned pop star. After winning 39 titles, including the 1983 French Open, he launched a highly successful singing career with many upbeat hits such as “Saga Africa” (1991) and ”Donne-moi une vie” (2006). The reigning queen of Haitian song, Emeline Michel combines traditional styles, such as compas, twoubadou and rara, with inspirational lyrics. Her latest release, Queen of Hearts (2007), has earned rave reviews. BélO, aka Jean Bélony Murat, is a 30-year old sensation from Haiti whose music is a fascinating mix of reggae, voodoo and soul beats. His latest album, Reference, was released in 2008. A man of many musical talents and influences, Mino Cinelu has played and recorded with such musical icons as Miles Davis and Sting. His latest album, La Californie, was released in 2007 and was nominated for best movie soundtrack at the Cannes Film Festival.

These marquee performers have generously agreed to donate their time and talent to raise funds for Jacmel’s Ciné Institute and the French Heritage Language Program. The town of Jacmel, which has been tentatively accepted as a World Heritage site and has an estimated population of 40,000, was completely devastated by the January earthquake. FIAF worked closely with David Belle, co-founder of the Ciné Institute in Jacmel, for its World Nomads 2009 series dedicated to Haiti, and when he and his team sent an urgent appeal for help, FIAF did not hesitate. By focusing its efforts on the Ciné Institute, which provides the area’s youth with film education and entertainment, technical training, and media related employment opportunities, FIAF hopes to make a real difference and help the Institute resume its educational and training mission.

As the United States welcomes thousands of Haitian children fleeing the devastation in their country, schools with French programs are facing increasing enrollment demands from their parents concerned about continuing their children’s education in French. The highly successful French Heritage Language Program is ideally suited for this critical schooling task. This five-year-old program, which is run by the non-profit French American Cultural Exchange foundation (FACE), offers free, for-credit French classes that build on the cultural heritage of students and help them achieve academic success. Over 500 students have already benefited from this program within the public school system, or at community-based centers in New York. A portion of the evening’s donations will be used to ramp up the program in order to meet the large influx of new students from Haiti, and to launch French Heritage classes in Miami, where many Haitian earthquake victims have sought refuge. These new classes will start on February 27th at the Little Haiti Cultural Center, in the presence of the Ambassador of France Pierre Vimont and the city’s mayor, Tomas P. Regalado.

March is the international month of la Francophonie, celebrated by over 200 million French-speakers in 68 countries across the world. Solidarity is a key principle of la Francophonie, and francophone countries have been quick to mobilize for Haiti following the January earthquake. France, for its part, announced a massive aid package totaling almost half a billion dollars (326 million euros).



Emeline Michel


Mino Cinelu


Yannick Noah


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  • le concert a lieu le 15 mars. Les tickets sont en vente a partir de 16h aujourd'hui (3 mars) sur tickemaster.com
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  • Il est impossible de trouver ce concert, que ce soit par Ticketmaster ou a la FIAF qui ne semble pas etre au courant...plus dates contradictoires: 15 Mars ici,15 Mai ailleurs? auriez-vous des infos a ce sujet?

  • les tickets sont en vente a partir du 3 mars
  • Bonjour
    Quand je vais sur ticketmaster ,je ne trouve pas les tickets pour le concert en faveur d Haiti,
    est ce trop tard?
  • $50-$150 – Additional donations welcome

    Proceeds go toward Haitian causes

    www.ticketmaster.com 212 307 4100
  • wow!
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