In Solidarity with Morocco, HDNdigest 3
Late on the night of September 7, as we were trying to wrap up the second issue of HDNdigest, Morocco was about to experience a seismic storm that plunged thousands of families into mourning.
Such a tragedy cannot leave us indifferent, we Haitians who suffered an equally deadly earthquake a decade earlier. So, it is only natural that HDNdigest 3 should stand in solidarity with Morocco, with two poems by two great contemporary Moroccan writers, Mohammed Khaïr-Eddine’s “Lettre d’amour aux anges qui n’écoutent pas” (Love letter to angels who do not listen) and Abdellatif Laâbi’s “Tragédie toute” (Tragedy all), to be read or listened to in French, English or Spanish.
Echoing as it were these Moroccan pages, this third issue presents in the “bonnes pages” section the first book published in Haiti, Mémoires pour servir à l’histoire d’Hayiti by Adjutant-General Boisrond-Tonnerre. This work is best known first and foremost in its faulty 2nd edition of 1819, as Jean Jonassaint showed in a May 2013 blog, “A Very Historic Moment in Caribbean Studies: Boisrond-Tonnerre’s Mémoires (1804) online,” in which he introduced the original text by Dessalines’ secretary to a wide online audience for the first time. We have posted the book here in its original 1804 edition. We have also provided English and Spanish translations of the first pages of this seminal text for the benefit of English and Spanish speakers.
In addition, in the “New & Noteworthy” section, this third issue highlights a major upcoming event for Haitian research, “Valorisation des répertoires musicaux classiques afro-diasporiques” (Valorization of classical Afro-diasporic musical repertoires). This colloquium scheduled to take place in Montreal on September 29 and 30, 2023, will be an exceptional opportunity to discover or rediscover important figures in Haitian art music, from Ludovic Lamothe to Claude Dauphin and David Bontemps, via Werner Jaegerhuber and Carmen Brouard, among others.
For the rest of our pages, continue to explore our site @ hdn.org/digest-3. You will find much of interest to see, read or listen to, and perhaps something to please or educate you…
Asselin Charles and Jean Jonassaint
Contents of This Issue:
For Haitian news, some Haitian media accessible online:
In solidarity with Morocco bereaved by a terrible earthquake on September 8, 2023
To read or listen to two poems by two great contemporary Moroccan writers, Mohammed Khaïr-Eddine and Abdellatif Laâbi
Valorisation des répertoires musicaux classiques afro-diasporiques (Promotion of classical Afro-diasporic musical repertoires)
Journées d’étude on September 29 and 30, 2021 at the University of Montreal and UQAM]
Avenues for personal or collective development, training, jobs, investments, and other opportunities in various fields.
To read or listen in French, English or Spanish an excerpt of the very first book published in Haiti, Mémoires pour servir à l’histoire d’Hayti by l’adjudant-général Boisrond-Tonnerre (1804).
If you have any comments or suggestions, do not hesitate to write to us. In advance, thank you very much.