How Haiti Became a Tourist Destination for Jazz Music Lovers Around the Globe

Photo credit: Josue Azor

Years after a devastating earthquake decimated much of Haiti’s already fragile infrastructure, a small, vibrant institution in Port-au-Prince has emerged as a shining example of the country’s immense potential and is putting Haiti on the map as a worldwide tourist destination for Jazz music festivals.

Founded in 2007 by legendary singer and percussionist Joel Widmaier, The Haiti Jazz Foundation is a nonprofit organization that promotes music activities around the country, especially through their annual Port-au-Prince International Jazz Festival. The organization provides access to continuing professional music education to young talent throughout the country while fuelling the local economy and tourism sector. During the week-long festival series, free music workshops and empowerment seminars with guest musicians are offered to local Haitian artists. These educational workshops are a must for many struggling musicians in Haiti. Every year they take advantage of this program to learn from the best in jazz music.

Some of the past international musicians and celebrities who took part in the festival included American saxophonist Branford Marsalis, actor Jimmy Jean-Louis, Canadian Juno-Award Singer Molly Johnson, Grammy Award-winning Afro-Cuban jazz pianist Gonzalo Rubalcaba and much more.

Thanks to the Haiti Jazz Foundation, Haiti is rebranding its image as a tourism destination. The organizers of the festival partners with top travel agencies and premium hotel chains throughout the country to provide discounted travel accommodations and history touristic packages to visitors. Their initiative is to defuse and change the negative stereotypes about Haiti while remaining as a destination for Jazz music lovers.

The 12th edition of the festival will take place Jan. 20 to Jan. 27 in Port-au-Prince. Click here for more information

Haitian Times

Haitian Times

The Haitian Times was founded in 1999 as a weekly English language newspaper based in Brooklyn, NY.The newspaper is widely regarded as the most authoritative voice for Haitian Diaspora.
Haitian Times

What's Your Reaction?

Love It Love It
Love It
Hate It Hate It
Hate It
Wow Wow
Sad Sad
confused confused
lol lol
omg omg
Choose A Format
Formatted Text with Embeds and Visuals
Soundcloud or Mixcloud Embeds
Youtube, Vimeo or Vine Embeds
Voting to make decisions or determine opinions
The Classic Internet Listicles
Personality quiz
Series of questions that intends to reveal something about the personality
Trivia quiz
Series of questions with right and wrong answers that intends to check knowledge
The Classic Internet Countdowns
Open List
Submit your own item and vote up for the best submission
Ranked List
Upvote or downvote to decide the best list item
Photo or GIF
Upload your own images to make custom memes