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Arcade Fire and Krewe du Kanaval co-founder and noted Haitian DJ/producer will bring the spirit and music of Haitian Carnival and New Orleans Mardi Gras

PHILADELPHIA (DECEMBER 16, 2021): Philadelphia public radio station WXPN announced today that Win Butler, co-founder of GRAMMY award-winning rock band Arcade Fire and New Orleans’ annual Krewe du Kanaval event, and noted Latin GRAMMY-winning Haitian DJ/producer Michael Brun have been added as DJs for Philadelphia’s first Kanaval Ball. This free, indoor festival will take place Sunday, January 9, 2022 at The Fillmore Philadelphia.

Kanaval Ball will cap WXPN’s year-long exploration of Haiti's influence on the music and culture of New Orleans, Kanaval: Haitian Rhythms and the Music of New Orleans, with a recreation of the New Orleans celebrations that take place prior to Mardi Gras. New Orleans-based, world renowned Preservation Hall Jazz Band, and the prominent Haitian bands RAM and Boukman Eksperyans, will perform, as will the Haitian folkloric dance company Nadia Dieudonné & Feet of Rhythm.

To help illuminate the essential role that Haiti has played in New Orleans’ culture for more than 200 years, married Arcade Fire co-founders (and New Orleans residents) Win Butler and Régine Chassagne co-created a new pre-Mardi Gras tradition in that city in 2018 called Krewe du Kanaval with Ben Jaffe, also a New Orleans native who is Preservation Hall Creative Director, and Preservation Hall Jazz Band multi-instrumentalist.

Latin GRAMMY-winning Haitian DJ/producer Michael Brun is one of Haiti’s most prominent cultural figures and one of dance music’s most well-regarded stars. Brun has sold out venues like the iconic Irving Plaza and DC’s U Street Music Hall, shared the stage with such stars as Major Lazer, Mr Eazi and J Balvin, and notched over 130 million streams to date, earning plaudits from Fader and Rolling Stone to NPR and the BBC. He has also served as a consultant to Spotify, been named a YouTube Foundry artist and done extensive charity work with APJ (Artists for Peace & Justice) and The Audio Institute in Haiti.

The public is invited to attend the free, all-ages Kanaval Ball with RSVP at http://wx.pn/kanavalball. Doors will open at 4 PM ET on Sunday, Jan. 9 at The Fillmore Philadelphia (29 East Allen Street, Philadelphia, PA, 19123). The Fillmore’s safety guidelines can be found here. Mardi Gras and Carnival-themed attire is encouraged, but not required.

Major support for Kanaval: Haitian Rhythms and the Music of New Orleans has been provided by The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage, with additional funding from the Wyncote Foundation. The Kanaval audio documentary was also supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts.

Event information is available at http://wx.pn/kanavalball. More info about WXPN’s Kanaval: Haitian Rhythms and the Music of New Orleans project is at xpnkanaval.org. Follow WXPN on social media, including Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. For ways to stream WXPN, visit https://xpn.org/about-xpn/ways-to-stream-wxpn.

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About WXPN WXPN, the nationally recognized leader in Triple A radio and the premier guide for discovering new and significant artists in rock, blues, roots and folk, is the non-commercial, member-supported, public radio service of the University of Pennsylvania. WXPN produces World Cafe, public radio’s most popular program of popular music that is distributed by NPR to more than 200 U.S. radio stations, and the Peabody Award-winning Kids Corner. WXPN serves the greater Philadelphia area at 88.5 FM, the Lehigh Valley at 104.9 FM, Worton/Baltimore at 90.5 FM, Lancaster/York at 88.7 FM, Harrisburg at 99.7 FM, North Jersey/Poconos at 91.9 FM, and the world via online streaming at www.XPN.org. The WXPN app brings all of WXPN to any mobile device. WXPN produces XPoNential Radio on XPN2 as its secondary radio channel in HD, also available online. www.xpn.org.