| PERFORMING ARTS | LOCAL ARTISTS MIAMI | JAN SEBON
International artist, Jan Sebon will tour to Curacao in November to continue the the cross-cultural exchange begun earlier this year with Teatro Luna Blou. This was a project funded by Tigertail Productions. Jan sebon was born in “Saint Louis du Nord”, Haiti but considers himself to be a citizen of world. He is a musician, poet, visual artist and bandleader. Jan Sebon holds a noted place in the Miami cultural scene for 25- plus years. This charismatic artist continues to define the Haitian experience with his unique voice based on his own life experiences and culture. In 1985, Sebon founded the cultural band KAZAK in Miami, Florida, and worked with other renowned artists – among them Jayne Cortez, Adrian Castro, Teo Castellanos, Belmol Telfort and Nil Lara – to produce poetry readings, festivals, and other cultural events in Little Haiti, all while maintaining an active solo performance schedule. In 2008 he received an NPN Creation Fund to write and perform a musical called “Peyi Mwen” in which he describes Haiti the way he sees it- in his own words. This show was produced by Tigertail Productions. In 2010 he received another grant from NPN to do a cultural exchange with “Lekol Bazilo”, directed by Sanba Zao in Port-au Prince, Haiti.
For five years Sebon hosted public radio programs on WLRN and WDNA. Sebon’s involvement with music is life long. He was trained in classical guitar, Djembe family of West African percussion and has composed music since his childhood in Haiti. Sebon has also been featured as a soloist with world-renowned musicians and groups including Don Cherry, Nana Vasconcelos, Urban Bush Women, Frank London and Chin Behilia in Curacao. He also Performed with the Caribbean Ensemble directed by Jose Elias and with Nervous City Orchestra directed by Livio Tragtenberg. Jan Sebon has toured in China, Peru, and Ecuador with “Scratch and Burn”, a show produced by Teo Castellanos’s D-PROJECT as a percussionist. Jan Sebon and Kazak International, the band has been featured many times in AfroRoots Fest in Miami Beach and including the one at 7th Circuit Studio with Boukman Eksperyans, and also performed at the Skirball Cultural Center in LA, California.
Jan Sebon has released a CD with his band Kazak International in May 2010 titled ” Haiti, a Love Story” which is available online and at his shows. The CD includes the famous song in Video, “The City of Progress – Song for Haiti” in collaboration with Andrew Yeomanson of Spam Allstars, in which featuring many talented artists from Miami, such as Papaloko, Jose Elias, Nil Lara and Inez Barlatier (Sebon”s daughter). This song and video online was to raise money for the victims of the disaster of January 12, 2010 in Haiti. Jan Sebon frequently donates his time for concerts in order to support the Haitian cause, such as the concert for the Red Cross. Although he sings mostly in Creole while he is doing his work as an cultural ambassador for the people of Haiti, but his tunes has reached many people around the world.
His group Kazak International unique fusion of Rasin (Haitian Roots music), jazz, political commentary, and electric stage presence led it to be voted “Best Haitian Band” in the Miami New Times for three consecutive years, as well as garnering awards for its educational programs. This group continues this tradition of excitement and excellence. Under Sebon”s artistic direction, their virtuosity encompasses Caribbean and West African as well as classical and jazz form styles.