Hundreds of Haiti’s young musicians receive new instruments through PAPJazz festival


Students from the College Catts Pressoir music school in Port-au-Prince, Haiti will be joining the ranks of musicians, including Grammy award winning singers, performing at the 13th annual Port-au-Prince International Jazz Festival.

“Pretty excited about it, because it’s the first time that a group has played three years in a row, so it’s pretty special,” said Rose Laurence.

The students are among, 18 Haitian musicians and 21 international artists, serenading jazz lovers. During this week long festival, musicians from around the world not only perform, but also visit the music school, to mentor these aspiring professional musicians. 

Proceeds from the Port-au-Prince International Jazz Fest benefit music school.

“It’s a time where we an express ourselves, like we want to do it. We can play solos, we can meet some other musicians and we can learn new skills,” Krys Rock explained.

For every ticket sold at PAPJazz Haiti, one dollar will be donated to Catts Pressoir music school. The principal says, this will help grow the program which includes more than 250 students. 

“This will allow us to buy new instruments and this will eventually allow us to develop the music program,” added Guy Etienne, Principal of College Catts Pressoir. 

Music students say the experience and support they receive from PAPJazz is invaluable.

“This opportunity that we have to play at PAPJazz for the third time is going to make us have more experience in the music industry,” said Laurence.

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