Sanble, a Haitian creole word that means "to gather," is a collective of dancers, singers and musicians. We present an evening of dance, song and music based on Afro-Haitian and Afro-Jamaican culture but with a distinctly global flavor.
The core group consists of:
Sheila Anozier, Haiti -- afro-Haitian dance, vocals (dancer with Voudou Drums of Haiti and Bethany and Rufus)
Swiss Chris, Switzerland -- drums , cymbals and samples (former band leader and drummer for John Legend)
Kaoru Watanabe, Japan -- western flute and taiko drum (former artistic director of Japan's Kodo Drummers)
Junior "Gabu" Wedderburn, Jamaica -- nyabinghi, akete and kumina drums, (senior drummer for the long running broadway show "The Lion King.")
plus special guest artists:
Pam Patrick -- vocals
Marquerite Hamden -- vocals
Rufus Cappadocia -- cello
"Dub Select Horns" of Mobius Collective -- saxophone and trumpet
music by DJ Mystic Sound
Christ Love Center was founded in Jacmel, Haiti by Bonite Affriany, a 72 year old retired nurse, in 2002. The center provides meals for over 200 children through Bonite's 6 day a week feeding program. Often that meal is their only meal of the day. The center also provides clothing, medical attention, and emergency needs, and since the earthquake, tents have been posted onsite. But Bonite's work extends far beyond the center and the feeding program. She funds some of the children's education, and provides them with tutoring at the center after school. Apart from the center, Bonite has also set up small micro loans to help develop self-sustaining communities, and is currently working on plans to build homes for 18 families.
Myrlande Affriany, Bonite's daughter, founded a medical organization called Angel Wings International (angelwingsinternational.org) in 2007, which not only provides an onsite medical clinic at the center, but brings medical teams every month to Jacmel and surrounding villages. The two are currently working on building a much needed hospital in Jacmel.