Haiti - FLASH : Messages of sympathy and tributes to Manno Charlemagne
President Jovenel Moïse :
"The departure for the eternal Orient of the committed singer Manno Charlemagne is a great loss for the country and for the cultural sector in particular. My sympathies to the family and loved ones of this patriot who loved his country with passion. Haiti is grateful to him.
Prime Minister Lafontant :
"The Head of Government Jack Guy Lafontant salutes this sad departure by presenting his deep sympathies to the family of the Popular Singer and to the entire corporation of Artists Musicians of Haiti."
Limond Toussaint, Minister of Culture :
"A voice died this morning of December 10, 2017 in the United States. Whoever was singing to us : 'Finies les colonies', 'Charlemagne Péralte', 'Capitaine America' or 'Le mal du pays', left for the afterlife. Joseph Emmanuel Charlemagne aka Manno Charlemagne, whose voice carried all the revolt of the young and not so young of the 70s-80s [...] Poet, troubadour, jeering: our Manno loved the life in which he bit down. This iconic figure of music engaged in Haiti marked an era.
[...] Dismayed by this disappearance, the Ministry of Culture bows to the remains of the champion of social justice, freedom and presents its sympathies to his family, his thousands of admirers and the world of Haitian music. May his strong word continue to awaken the national conscience [...]"
The Mayor of Port-au-Prince, Ralph Youri Chevry,
"[...] Emmanuel Charlemagne, a popular singer, made his mark at the head of the Port-au-Prince Town Hall with his dynamism, his vision and his commitment to a city he carried in his heart.
In this painful circumstance, the Mayor of Port-au-Prince, Ralph Youri Chevry, on behalf of the Port-au-Prince Municipal Administration, expresses his deepest sympathies to the family of Émmanuel Charlemagne, his friends and collaborators."
"Defeated by cancer, Manno is torn from the affection of his family and the Haitian people this December 10.
The news of his disappearance, far from confining us to the hell of sadness, comes to remind us of the great art of man and his fervent commitment to the years of struggle for democracy in Haiti. Manno, which, at one time experienced exile, was close to the dreaming student youth of an era of peace and development. He lived, along with well-known figures of the political class, the turbulent socio-political history of the country before emigrating to the United States.
In fact, Manno donned his mantle of immortality on December 10th. Left ithout luggage, all light, from all the corners of the land of Haiti, we see him in his ceremonial clothes. The images of his life as a militant artist parade before our eyes, as he drove a 'taptap' on the highways of Florida, as to indicate that he took Haiti with him.
Manno janbe, Kè Ayiti tanmen bat-9k. Manno travèse, dan l sere menmjan ak kòd gita l, l'ap tann Ayiti kanpe. Ayiti, leve danse pou Manno !"
Former President Michel Martelly :
"40 lane deja depi ke nap viv ansanm nan mizik et nan lanmou youn pou lòt. Jodia ou ale, men bèl zèv ou kite yo ap kenbe ou vivan nan kè tout moun!! Manno mwen pap janm bliye w' !!"
Former Prime Minister Evans Paul :
"I salute the departure of a comrade, a stage companion. At the beginning of the 80s, with the KPK troupe that I animated and which produced engaged shows, we fought for freedom of expression and artistic creations."
Former Prime Minister Laurent Lamothe :
"Peace to your soul ! Manno Charlemagne, 69, engaged singer, is dead."
Cholzer Chancy, President of the Lower House :
"All my sympathies to the families, friends and fans of our committed national song icon who died as a result of lung cancer."
Deputy of Delmas Gary Bodeau :
"Good crossing Manno. That your soul rest in peace !"
Senator Dieudonne Luma Etienne :
"I wish an eternal rest to Manno Charlemagne, a singer who has marked his time in the Haitian music world. Condolences to all his family, his friends and collaborators."
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