«Emmy», a star of Haitian voodoo folklore passed away


The Haitian cultural community does not end suffering the torments of death these days. After the disappearance of the Anthropologist of Culture, Rachel Beauvoir-Dominique on January 5th. It is the news of the passing of the singer, dancer and actress, Emerante Despradines Morse aka “Emmy”, a day earlier, which comes to spread sorrow in the sector of Culture and in many homes.

“Limond Toussaint, Minister of Culture reverently salutes the memory and legacy of Madame de Despradines who was one of the first promoters of Haitian folklore. The first woman of a relatively educated and easy-going medium to dare to sing and dance Haitian voodoo folklore and put it on stage […]

The Haitian cultural sector will never forget a figure like Emerante Despradines Morse. The Minister Toussaint, the Director General, Jean Michel Lapin and all the executives of the Ministry, send to the members of the family and the close of this icon of the Haitian folklore, the testimony of their sincere affection.”

Learn more about Emerante de Despradines Morse :
Emerante Despradines Morse, born September 23, 1928, is the daughter of the famous singer Auguste Linstant Despradines aka “Candio” and the late mother of Richard A. Morse musician and singer of the famous Haitian Racine Group RAM and also the deceased aunt of the former President of Michel Martelly. Emmy attended the schools of the best choreographers of her day, Catherine Dunham and Martha Graham. During a brief five-year career in the United States, she was employed by Catherine Dunham to teach others songs of Haitian folklore. It is perhaps thanks to this contribution that Haitians are now amazed and proud by watching on Youtube foreign choirs performing “Wangol” or “Peze Kafe”. Accomplished artist, Emerante de Despradines, has 3 records to her credit.

HL/ S/ HaitiLibre – January 8, 2018


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