Creole House- a metaphor for the multicultural world we live in


Kai Kweol
and
The Performing Arts of the Caribbean

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Kai Kweol
Kai Kweol is a multi-cultural non-profit  (501) (c) (3) organization that seeks to educate and entertain the community in Caribbean Music and Dance. The company is based in Cincinnati and is directed by  Flora Leptak-Moreau who grew up in Dominica. The word Kai Kweol  is Creole-language for "Creole House," which is literally a form of folk architecture, but metaphorically refers to the multicultural world that we all live in. The organization draws upon the traditions of the English, French, and Spanish Caribbean, with their many contributing influences.

Kai Kweol  Caribbean Music and Dance was incorporated November 19, 2001 to promote the understanding and appreciation of Caribbean performing arts and to help bridge the gap among people of different racial and cultural backgrounds. Click here to learn more about Kai Kweol.

 

The performing arts of the Caribbean islands are a rich mix of African, European and Asian cultures. Caribbean culture such as music and dance resulted from the blending those cultures into unique, colorful and expressive forms that are distinctly Caribbean. Become a member or volunteer to help us achieve our goal and allow Kai Kweol to take you to a world of amazing cultural diversity. 

Kai Kweol presents performances and workshops in schools, at conferences, festivals, and other functions such as birthdays. If you are interested in finding more information about specific workshop sessions such as master class, presentation or performances email us. Kai Kweol can tailor a program to meet your needs.

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About Dominica

Dominica (pronounced DOH-muh-NEE-cuh) is an island in the eastern Caribbean located between the French islands of Martinique and Guadeloupe. It has been politically independent of Great Britain since 1978. The population of the island is only about 70,000, but there are many Dominicans in America, Canada, and England. Dominica should not be confused with the Dominican Republic, the Spanish-speaking country that shares the island of Hispanola with Haiti.

Dominica�s official language is English, but most Dominicans also speak a French-based Creole or patois, a language that you will hear in some of Kai Kweol�s songs. Most Dominicans have African heritage, but Dominica is also home to almost 3,000 Carib Indians, the last descendants of the people that Columbus first met in the "New World," the people for whom the Caribbean is named.

Known to tourists as the "Nature Island," Dominica is characterized by rugged rain-forested mountains with many rivers, waterfalls, and a volcanic "boiling" lake, one of only two in the world.

History of Kai Kweol

The company debuted its  90-minute production in Cincinnati, Ohio called Caribbean Sunsplash which included students from The School for The Creative and Performing Arts and adults dancers and musicians from the Cincinnati area. The production was a combination of Caribbean Music and Dance as well as modern/creative dance pieces. View Articles  about Kai Kweol. 

Caribbean Sunsplash II  coming soon

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