Guylene Solon Kora Love #Art4Change

When Guylene Solon turned up at my door step a couple of days ago with more than just a suitcase, I knew this would be an opportunity to utilise her talent (of which she has many) in collaboration with #Art4ChangeHaiti. Seeing her Kora (an African harp) carefully unpacked from its durable casing (where Guylene travels, so does her Kora), standing almost as tall and just as elegantly as its Haitian-American owner, I watch in awe Guylene tune her instrument, like her, of African roots… It didn’t take long before we were out on my terrace filming a short video interview. Thankfully the British weather held up (just about!)

I first met Guylene in LA when we shared a car-pool together from LA to San Diego for “Brazil Day” in 2011. It was she who recommended a contact in Haiti when I wanted to volunteer 2 years ago (check out my experience search “Haiti”). Now to host her for a few days in London before she starts a new chapter of her life in Puglia, Italy teaching arts – is fates way of congratulating me for keeping the connection alive!

Find out more about Guylene Solon and her art and the album

Video interview filmed and edited by Kai Lutterodt. Please support #Art4ChangeHaiti by donating clothing (3-13 years), arts materials or our fundraiser at

2 thoughts on “Guylene Solon Kora Love #Art4Change

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  1. i had heard of african stringed instruments before, but never of the kora.
    what an interesting and enlightening piece of work kai 🙂
    and great editing as well.

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