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!
Video interview filmed and edited by Kai Lutterodt. Please support #Art4ChangeHaiti by donating clothing (3-13 years), arts materials or our fundraiser at www.gofundme.com/art4changeHaiti