The May edition of North Beach Social, and we are celebrating Haitian Heritage Month, in association with SummerStage NYC. Join us for limited in-person audience (with Covid-19 safety protocols) or via Live-Stream. Gabel, one of the most popular konpa groups today, in concert, with an opening set by Nancy St Leger Dance Company.
Gabel is a Haitian konpa band formed by a group of four music-loving friends in 2007. The name Gabel translates as “I dare you…,” and this dare has led to great success as the group has become one of the most popular konpa groups today! Gabel has been awarded countless awards and accolades within the Haitian Music Industry and has toured the US, Canada, Haitian the French Caribbean and Paris many times. Recently during the Covid-19 quarantine, they set aside time for philanthropic work.
They provided free virtual concerts, accompanied by medical professionals to share health information within the Haitian-American community. They are working now on new music and video, and look forward to performing before live audiences.
Nancy St Leger Dance Ensemble is a Little Haiti-based Haitian folkloric 6-member dance company was founded by Nancy St Leger, a dancer and educator. Her favorite dances are what she called ‘warrior dances’ - ibo, petro and nago. She teaches purely Haitian folkloric dance styles at the Little Haiti Cultural Complex (currently on hold for Covid-19). The Ensemble dancers are students and parents who give freely of their time to be part of a vision to promote Haitian dance with pride. Some recent celebrity sightings for the group have included their part in Rihanna and DJ Khaled’s video “Wild Thoughts”, appearing on Black Ink Crew Miami, on stage with Arcade Fire during their last visit to Miami, and with Harmonik at CompasFest. The group’s signature costumes are hand-sewn by mama Nyrva St Leger.