Haitian Drumming Workshops and Performances

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Educational Programs

Schools, museums, and libraries in and out of New York City engage in our educational programs—rich with cultural knowledge and entertaining activities. We also offer Tanbou, a unique program of weekly drumming workshops.

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Theatre Performances

Audiences in New York and across the globe love our theatre performances, which celebrate Haiti's history and spirit. Our repertory includes Bwa Kayiman, Rising Sun, The Color of All Shadows, The Drum and the Seed, and Rele Ountò (Call the Drummer) . 

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Upcoming Events

To learn about our scheduled shows, please visit our Calendar page. Here you'll find additional information including venue locations, travel directions, and admission prices.

 

    

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Hours of Operation:
Monday – Saturday, 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

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Serving Greater New York
                
Membership - Haitian Drumming Performance - Haitian Drumming Workshop Members of
  • A.R.T./New York
  • Verite Sou Tanbou
Associates
  • Gwoup Kiltirèl Granchimen
  • The Haitian Drum Workshop of Hunter College

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Recipients of
  • African Diaspora in the Americas Award, Caribbean Cultural Center, 1989
    Peoples Hall of Fame Award (to Frisner Augustin), City Lore, 1998 
  • National Heritage Fellowship (to Frisner Augustin), National Endowment for the Arts, 1999
  • Award for Service, Haitian Studies Association, 2012
          
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Who We Are

La Troupe Makandal channels the power of traditional Afro-Haitian music and dance to represent Haiti’s history and culture in theaters and educational establishments.  Much of the company’s repertory derives from the sacred music and dance of Vodou, widely misunderstood in the United States as “voodoo.” The Troupe’s workshops, classes, and performances challenge ingrained stereotypes, but they keep the magic of Haiti alive while educating, entertaining, and healing racial and cultural divisions.  La Troupe Makandal creates dynamic music and dance experiences one does not soon forget

A group of Haitian youth established our company in Port-au-Prince in 1973 and relocated to New York in 1981. We became officially incorporated in 1984. Makandal focuses especially on the art of drumming, and we carry on the spirit and practice of our late Artistic Director, the award-winning drummer, Frisner Augustin. Many of the styles he passed on to our artists are rarely heard, so we are truly grateful for the opportunity to pass them along to others.

Contact Makandal in Brooklyn, New York, for bookings and event details.