By Yolanda Ferrera Sosa / Radio Cadena Agramonte
The Haitian reality is so overwhelming that it oppressed the hearts of the sensitive people in any part of the world. In Cuba, the unbounded sorrow of those brothers and sisters hurts in a particular way.
Among those who feel sorry for the misfortune of the people of Haiti in the westernmost island of the Greater Antilles, are nearly 30 000 descendants of that nation, who were born and raised in the cenral-esatern province of Camaguey … Desandann, admired and laureate vocal group in Cuba and abroad is a genuine representative of such a community.
A kind of extension of the Professional Choir of Camagüey and also conducted by leading vocal Emilia Díaz, all its members’ ancestors hail from long-suffering Haiti, a country that they have often visited to offer their art, as they have also done in other nations of Europe, North America and the Caribbean.
Desandann’s work is characterized by the rescue of the cultural heritage of that Caribbean nation. The repertoire of this vocal group includes songs which describe the deep pain of the Haitian people, but also are a clamor of hope, optimism and human betterment.
Now they are heading toward the homeland of Toussaint-Louverture, as they wished since the very moment they knew about the colossal earthquake that hit Port-au-Prince and its surrounding villages on January 12.
Little by little the sibling nation is recovering from that major catastrophe and a way to help is giving them back their self-confidence and joy, through music and dance, and that is what Desandann knows best.
Before the quake Desandann had already planned to travel to Haiti in occasion of the International Women's Day on March 8th. Now they will do it anyway, under very painful, exceptional and truly hard circumstances.
In a gesture of good will and as demonstrating that “all are part of the main”, the group travels to Haiti, to the land where their ancestors were born. And their members do it carrying solidarity and love, feelings that have characterized the Cubans over the last decades, when they have got involved in the noblest causes of the world.