“This is history via music,” Cullen said.
One local school has already indicated that about 100 children will be attending the performance, she noted. If the expected audience keeps growing, she said, it is possible that a second performance will be added for the morning.
Jean-Baptiste is known as “Bonga.” He has won rave reviews as a musical virtuoso who has performed and studied traditional Haitian drum, dance and song since the age of seven. He began playing drums in his hometown of Croix-des-Mission in La Plaine, an area of Haiti known for culture and history.
Regarded as a master of the Afro Haitian drum, he has an extensive repertoire of pan-African rhythms, according to the arts center. He is one of the few drum experts and craftsmen outside of Haiti who continues to build traditional drums using techniques that are centuries old.
Anozier began formal training in dance at Long Island University. She has performed at venues and festivals in the U.S. and around the world, including Nuits Atypiques de Langon in France, Ha Noi Opera House, White Palace Convention Center in Vietnam, the Montreal International Jazz Festival in Canada, Vollos Festival in Greece, The Hague Holland Dance Festival in the Netherlands, and the Altstadtherbst Festival in Germany. She has also performed at numerous venues in New York, including Town Hall and the Lincoln Center.
Tickets are $2 for youth/students and $5 for adults.Tickets and more information can be obtained by contacting the Roxbury Arts Center at 326-7908.
Cullen recommended that tickets be obtained in advance of the performance date.