Chapo Ba: Emerante de Pradines

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If the Beaubrun family is the first family of entertainment television, then the de Pradines are their predecessors. Emerante de Pradines, the daughter of the legendary Haitian entertainer Auguste de Pradines (better known as Ti Candio), was born in 1928, and under the tutelage of Lina Mathon-Blanchet and René Bélance, two of the most quality dance enthusiasts of their day, Emerante developed what was to be her trademark: a penchant for Haitian folkloric dancing with European and African influences.

After earning a scholarship to study dance in New York in the late 40s, she returned to Haiti, later becoming an integral part of Nationale d’Art Dramatique, an association of stage actors in Haiti. She was later named director of the Troupe folklorique nationale (National Folklore Troupe), and was one of the primary forces in the movement to foster Haitian culture in the country’s theaters. She was equally involved with the Société Nationale d’Art Dramatique, Haiti’s dramatic arts association, as an active member and actress.

She married Robert McGee Morse in (Morse died in 2001), an American she had met while studying anthropology at Columbia University. Later their son Richard resumed the de Pradines cultural legacy, fronting the band RAM with his wife Lunise. Today, de Pradines is known as a national treasure, having released several albums that propagated the greatness of Haiti’s rich culture all over the world.

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