As part of WXPN’s Kanaval: Haitian Rhythms & the Music of New Orleans project, a studio session was recorded in April at The French Institute in Port-Au-Prince, Haiti, featuring musician Paul Beaubrun and friends, with special guests.

Originally premiering on Haitian Flag Day, Tuesday, May 18, 2020, the uplifting, hour long video set features Beaubrun fronting an incredible seven piece band, and the set magically captures the optimism and spirit of the Haitian people. Beaubrun’s recent album, Rasanbleman (Red Moon), is a celebration of Haitian music. Beaubrun is also featured in the Kanaval: Haitian Rhythms & the music of New Orleans documentary.

Watch the video below, followed by the full credits for the session.

Paul Beaubrun & Friends | Studio Session from Haiti

The performers for the session include:

Nathanael Cineus – Keyboards
David Casseus -Bass
Maxime Lafaille -Trumpet
Marc Harold Pierre – Percussions, Haitian Drums – Vocal
Dominique Hans (Bwagri) – Haitian Drums
Handler Chery – Backing Vocalist
Valdory Valcin – Backing Vocalist
Kerven Lebrun (Kabysh) – Guest
Mario Pandache (Badio) – Guest
Théodore Beaubrun Jr (Lòlò) – Guest
Paul Beaubrun – Guitar, Lead Singer and Producer
Johnbern Thomas – Drums and Musical Director
Support for this performance is made possible by the Wyncote Foundation.

Studio session additional credits:

Directed and edited by: Garry Laurent
Video cameramen: Garry Laurent, Shadrac Juste, Schnieder Etienne, Sénatus Jean
Stage Technician: Pharo Prince Bélanges
RECORDED AND FILMED AT – ( IFH ) Institut Francais d’Haiti in Port-au-Prince, Haiti
Engineered and mixed by: Pierre Elove and his assistant Ti Jean
Mastering– Gaëtan Collaud (GA3TAN)
Lighting: Prophete Fritz Marc (Pro-FÊTE Light Tech)
Decor: Feeling Good
Conception: Johnbern Thomas.
DESIGN – Paul Beaubrun’s clothes – MINOKAN
Assistant/guitar tech Paul Beaubrun – Evens Lundy

Photo by: Hugue-Robert Marsan/Courtesy of the artist